As we live the repetitive nature of our daily duties and morning routines during quarantine, we can’t help but feel like we’re living the same day over and over again. Much like in Groundhog Day, Bill Murray’s character, Phil, wakes up one morning to discover that he relives the same day over and over again. To this day, audiences still speculate the conundrum of the infinite time loop by Harold Ramis. But for Palm Springs, the solution to the infinite time loop conundrum was told in a straightforward fashion.
Palm Springs broke records at Sundance Film Festival for being the biggest sale in the history of the festival. And after it was released on Hulu, it gained more hours watched in its first three days than any other film in the service.
The film speaks for itself. Its comedic timing is impeccable and the interesting time loop drama created a lot of “what if?” questions in our heads. The heart of the entire story is the character arcs of Andy Samberg’s character “Nyles” and Sarah played by Cristin Milioti. He is a carefree soul that takes her as she is while she debates that knowing a person’s history is necessary to love them wholeheartedly. Not only are they cute together, but their chemistry is just too sweet that even a bitter soul like mine turned into a hopeless romantic after seeing them explore each other’s goofiness. The subplot their riding on is a wedding with unearthed secrets and uncovering the layers of complexity within it was as interesting as the main story. My eyes were glued to the screen from start to finish wondering if this unusual couple could pull through.
Of course, the film is not without its flaws. But even if it’s copying Groundhog Day’s formula or having the typical love chase at the end, that’s not to say that it doesn’t do right by its source material because its strong execution and beautifully complex characters are what carries the film.
Overall, Palm Springs gets an 8/10