• Groundhog’s Day is narrative bliss- one of the truly great screenplays of the entire 1990’s. Ramis is no visual master but the formal theme and variation in the screenplay here is transcendent art. It’s rewatchable for that nuance and the skeleton (I’d love to see a bordwell study) of that form
  • I’m not the first person to mention this but it’s part of the cultural language now- “groundhog’s day” translates to “déjà vu”
  • Ambivalent about the big broad “weather man” song opening.
  • It’s a perfect vehicle for Murray and amongst his greatest achievements. His Phil Connors is pure ego and it’s a virtuoso comic performance again amongst the best of the entire 1990’s
  • It owes a lot to Capra and the big city skeptic (Murray is cynical as hell here) vs. rural paradise of Jefferson Davis and Smith
  • Certainly a worthy meditation and existential study. Many studies and papers by people much smarter than me have justifiably been written on the film’s meanings and philosophies
  • Again- Ramis will not go down as an all-time great director, but this is the talented writer of broader comedies like animal house, ghostbusters and caddyshack. He’s a brilliant man and these films have aged tremendously. In retrospect, it’s no big surprised that when he goes deeper, and gets more ambitious, that he could write this
  • Like Capra’s it’s a wonderful life it goes dark with the suicide montage
  • It also owes to Dickens’ work
  • Small things in the mise-en-scene like the clocks stopped in the diner
  • 101 minutes of comedic pleasure
  • Must-See/ Masterpiece border