Groundhog Day (1993) – Encore Review 3

“This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.” – Phil

Number of Times Seen – No clue but more than 15 times (Theater in ’93, numerous times on DVD, 16 May 2013, 25 Dec 2014, 10 Dec 2016 and 21 Nov 2019)

Link to original reviewHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A grumpy weatherman relives the same day over and over and cant find a way to reach the following day.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have loved ever since I first saw it in the theater 26 years ago.

The film takes a very simple concept and is able toe present it so well to a point where we never get tired of the characters or the situations despite the repetitive nature of the film.

They find a way to keep things fresh, innovative, original and funny for each new “day” which helps make it so enjoyable to watch (over and over).

Bill Murray is the perfect choice for this role and he proves with this performance how great an actor he can be when given the freedom and range of such a character.

I’m still shocked after all these years that he didn’t get more award nomination recognition for his work in this film.

This is easily the best performance of his career.

His chemistry with co-star Andie MacDowell is great ad we can really believe the journey that these characters end up taking because it helps make things seem much more plausible.

This is by far one of the best  original comedies ever made and is so much fun to watch no matter how many times one has seen it.

Bottom Line – Amazing film that has such a simple concept and works so well. Murray is perfectly cast in the lead here and makes it so difficult to ever think that anyone else could do as great a job with this role as he has. He was unfortunately snubbed during the award season and this is easily his best performance because he is given so much freedom and range with this character. The story itself works really well and despite the story being repetitive, they are able to keep things engaging the entire time to a point where it all constantly feels very innovative, fresh and original instead of tedious.  Murray’s chemistry with MacDowell is also great and helps make this story feel more realistic than one would expect.  One of the best comedies ever! Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Harold Ramis originally wanted Tom Hanks for the lead role, but decided against it, saying that Hanks was “too nice”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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