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Groundhog Day (DVD)
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Groundhog Day (DVD)
Advantages: good twist
Disadvantages: dragged in places
Groundhog day was a film that I'd always heard a lot about, it had been on TV the odd time and it seemed to be referenced a lot in other films and TV shows. In addition, it seems like one of those films that just about everyone has seen and has an opinion on, like Love Actually or Titanic so it seemed like time to watch it when it was on Channel 5 last week.
It seems to be a bit of a mix of genres, it is comedy and romance yet not your typical predictable romantic comedy because of the element of fantasy almost because it isn't really something that could definitely realistically happen. A cynical weatherman heads to a sleepy town for his traditional annual report upon the Ground hog day weather festival, along with his cameraman Larry and the new producer of the show Rita. We see that he doesn't really believe in what he is doing, and is often quite arrogant and cold to people. However he gets a shock when he wakes up the next day and its groundhog day all over again. This constantly happens and he goes through many phases when he realises this constantly trying to stop it; being as reckless as possible with crashing cars and going to jail, many suicide attempts. Will he ever get out of this cycle or will he constantly wake up to Groundhog Day?
I don't think this particularly lived up to its buzz, but thats not to say that it was very bad either; it was just pretty much okay and an alright way to spend an afternoon but I won't be buying it on DVD anytime soon as I think once was enough for me. I did think however that it was a fresh take on the chick flick because it did still have some romance but there was a bit of a supernatural element to it that would make it appeal to a wider audience, in addition to this the relationship wasn't focused on relatively that much yet it did still have its really nice moments and it certainly had some good character development. I particularly liked the end but some bits of the film did drag on a bit much, this may have been because of its repetitive nature.