Groundhog Day (1993) – Encore Review 5


“Do you ever have déjà vu, Mrs. Lancaster?” – Phil

“I don’t think so, but I could check with the kitchen.” – Mrs. Lancaster

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, 21 Nov 2019, 20 Jan 2021) and 27 Jun 2021)

Link to original reviewHere, Here, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A grumpy weatherman gets trapped in a time loop where he must relive the day of Feb 2 over and over again.

My Take on it – This is among my favorite films and I can watch it over and over.

I rewatched it now in order to discuss it on a podcast run by BubbaWheat.

The great thing about discussing a movie in detail is that one constantly notices things that you never thought about beforehand.

Tnx for having me on Bubbawheat!

This is one of the very first films to utilize the premise of  time loop and it has been copied so many times ever since.

Unfortunately, none of them come even close to this near masterpiece.

Bill Murray gives his career best performance in this film and due to his arc throughout the movie, he ends up ‘growing on us too’

The fact that we get to see 36 ‘days’ in this film shows how comprehensive the idea is and that he really was trapped there for infinite more times.

The music is superbly added here and gives a very fantastical feel to the story.

Harold Ramis does an amazing job directing things and keeping it feel poignant and important without seeming redundant or repetitive along the way.

Can’t wait to see this…AGAIN

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the original version of the script by Danny Rubin, Phil Connors was already trapped inside Groundhog Day at the start of the story. We joined him on a typical day, with the audience wondering how he knew everything that was going to happen. Harold Ramis promised not to change this aspect of the script, but ultimately decided to do so. (From IMDB)

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

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