Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day ★★★★★

I saw this once, many years ago, and I remember thinking it was pretty good. Upon rewatch, I think this movie is an absolute masterpiece. Every element is perfect. The screenplay is rich with beautiful, funny, and heartfelt dialogue. The acting from Murray and MacDowell is layered and focused. The direction and editing are tight, never lingering on a scene for too long. Everything about this film is perfect.

After finishing it, I was totally floored. So, I went to see what my favorite critic, Roger Ebert, thought of the film, and he summed up perfectly what makes this film so beautiful. He said,

There is a moment when Phil tells Rita, "When you stand in the snow, you look like an angel." The point is not that he has come to love Rita. It is that he has learned to see the angel.

It's a story of change. Not change through some traumatic, life altering event, but by being forced, over and over again, to slow down, take a look around you, and, maybe for the first time, actually see.

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