GROUNDHOG DAY (1993) MOVIE REVIEW

Today’s movie is a unique and wild experience that makes you laugh, think, and have fun on many occasions thank to its curious concept, immersive plot, and interesting characters. It’s a film that’d be worth diving into.


Groundhog Day is a comedy movie written and directed by Harold Ramis, starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. It tells the story of an egocentric weatherman, who is trapped in an unexplainable time loop and is waking up to the same day, trying to find a way to escape.



To begin with, I can say that the story is intriguing with its unprecedented plot that features a man reliving the same day over and over again. In the beginning, our main character, Phil, goes to a town named Punxsutawney, a town famous for its groundhog that is said to be able to predict the length of the winter. In this town, Phil has to report the Groundhog Day event with his colleagues Rita and Larry, then they plan to leave the town. However, the moment the day ends, Phil wakes up in the same bed on the same day. In my opinion, this concept goes well with the comedy genre as it enables the main character to experience the same things but give different and unexpected reactions. I think that the movie has great pacing, doesn’t get boring, and features an overall captivating story. Nevertheless, I wish the film didn’t leave some of its most important questions unanswered and were more self-explanatory.



Another important component is its storytelling. It tells the story from the main character’s perspective and shows what he goes through in this seemingly endless time loop. This way of storytelling makes the audience care about the protagonist and the character to be more relatable. Speaking of which, I think that the main character, Phil, is intriguing with his strange experiences, flawed personality, and, most importantly, his wonderful character development. Throughout the movie, he goes from a selfish and arrogant guy to a kind, caring, and intelligent person. Despite that, I think that acting performances are OK at most because the actors couldn’t properly express all the powerful emotions the characters have.



Last but not least, the cinematography and the soundtrack are also fairly good. Firstly, the cinematography features various shots of a medium-sized American town that perfectly conveys the sincere atmosphere it has at its core. In other words, the movie feels natural and real thanks to its cinematography. Secondly, the soundtrack includes some catchy and iconic songs from the ‘90s that fits the film’s general tone.



On the whole, I think that Groundhog Day is a delightful movie with its enjoyable story, immersive screenplay, compelling characters, candid cinematography, and a great soundtrack. Even though it has some weak plot points and unremarkable acting, it’s still a film I enjoyed and can recommend.


RATING: 8,5/10