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Watch It More Than Once, --- It's Beautiful, And Brilliant!
Reviewed in Canada on May 31, 2012
What a beautiful "Twilight Zone" movie this is. The story line centers on the spiritual metamorphosis of Bill Murray's character, Phil Conners; a cynical and unhappy weatherman, who endures a near endless number of consecutive Groundhog Days on his journey to the good life.
When Phil becomes trapped in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania, following a freak snow storm that flies in the face of his faulty weather forecast, he appears destined to remain there, reliving the same February 2nd over and over again. While all those around him are oblivious to his initially frustrating, later depressing, but ultimately liberating, humour-ridden predicament.
One night, Phil finds himself in a bar, complaining to a couple of the local patrons, "Well what would you do if everyday you got up, and everything was the same, and nothing ever changed; nothing you did mattered?" After pondering the question for a few moments, one of the guys chimes in with, "Well, that about sums it up for me!"
When I first saw this movie back in 1993,I immediately loved it. But one of my younger brothers was bothered by the repetitiousness of it, and didn't much care for the film overall. Sometime around the year 2000, he heard a couple of DJs discussing it on the radio, and calling it as a "cult classic". Whereupon my brother decided to watch it a second time. The second time, he got it!
It was also around this time that I realized I'd missed some things from when I'd first watched it, and began watching it repeatedly. Convinced I'd discover even greater insights into how to live a better life. Friends I was living with at the time found my doing this hilarious.