Palm Springs (2020)

“I guess you followed me. It’s one of those infinite time loop situations you might have heard about.” – Nyles

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A man who is trapped in a recurring day timeline begins to rethink things when a women gets trapped in the same loop as him.

My Take on it – I have always been a fan of Groundhog Day (1993) ever since I saw it 27 years ago and am always keen to watch other films with a similar concept in order to see what they have to bring us.

This film gives us an intriguing take on the time loop concept yet takes things too far which in the ends hurts it more than it helps.

Andy Samberg and Christina Milioti are both great comic actors yet the way that they portray these characters makes them get more and more annoying as tings move along which is not an asset a film wishes to possess.

The point of this film comes across much less satisfying than others in the genre and that has a lot to do with the way that they present these characters and the story line which doesn’t work as well as one might hope.

It is really great seeing J.K. Simmons in a pivotal role, but he doesn’t have enough screen time to be more effective.

This movie does have a few clever ideas for these characters and their situations and we get to see some skewed versions of what one might do with eternity stuck in the same day.

Unfortunately, something seems off kilter here the whole way through and it drags the story down too much and at the same time derives us of something that could be more powerful and meaningful.

Bottom Line – Intriguing take on the time loop concept, yet it takes things too far. Samberg and Milioti are both fine here yet their characters begin to get more and more annoying as the story plays out.  Unlike other films in this genre, this one’s point is left unsatisfying because of the way that the characters are portrayed throughout. Great seeing J.K. Simmons in this film in a pivotal role and they do have some clever ideas of what to have these characters do with their “eternities”, but something is off kilter the whole way that drags things down and doesn’t allow for the story to give us something more powerful.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Holds the record for the biggest sale of a film at the Sundance Film Festival, beating the previous record by 69 cents. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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