Monday, April 26, 2010
I don't much like Bill Murray - in fact he gave me the creeps in "Lost in Translation" - but I found him quite tolerable in "Groundhog Day".
For those who came in late - "Groundhog Day" is about weatherman Phil who is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (say that 3 times fast - yep that's easier than Eyjafjallajökull) to cover Groundhog day. [Okay for folks on the other side of midnight - Groundhog Day is on Feb. 2nd. Legend has it that if the groundhog sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of winter. Folks gather into Punxsutawney and have lots of celebrations etc.] Anyway Phil in the words of his cameraman is a "prima donna" and can't wait to get out of the small town. Unfortunately a blizzard that was supposed to bypass them forces road closures and Phil with new producer Rita (Andie McDowell) are forced to stay the night in Punxsutawney - only when Bill wakes up the next day at 6:00 am its February 2nd all over again - only Bill is aware of this time loop. It's the same story night after night - each fresh morning is Feb. 2nd an endless time loop. At first Bill is confused and resentful but gradually accepts the situation and starts taking advantage of it. He initially goes the bad guy route but gradually redeems himself and one can see a lot of positive changes in his character.
For those who haven't seen the movie I wont give away the ending.
What I found lacking - chemistry between the lead pair. Nada. Zilch.
Another thing how come they never thought of showing Phil staying awake all night to see what happens at 6:00 am - why does everything go back 24 hours at that point? I mean that's something so obvious the film makers could have shown something like no matter what Phil drops off to sleep or is rendered unconscious or something like that...