Ethan Colburn’s review published on Letterboxd:
New episode of Cineflek just dropped!!
Happy Groundhog Day everyone!
I took this movie much more seriously this time around. Maybe it is because we're in quarantine, or maybe it is because I am more accustomed to the gags throughout, but this feels more like a "how-to" on living in the moment than a comedy.
Part of the reason this movie has such a wide range of interpretations is because it never hits you over the head with its ideology, or reasoning. It is seemingly shot in an intentionally mundane style, such that the day Bill Murray wakes up in the same day the second time, you wouldn't immediately know something is wrong. Essentially, this movie removes the inciting incident, making you just as confused as Phil.
This movie gets better on rewatches because you get more annoyed with the side characters just as Phil does, so his anger is funnier and therefore elevates the joke. You also become more aware, especially in quarantine, that life is what you make it. Even if things feel mundane and redundant as they often do, you can find a way to find joy in your own actions and passions. For Phil, joy comes from being kind to those around you and learning new things.
I hope you enjoy this movie and podcast as much as I did! :)