Monday, February 8, 2010
Lazy Sunday Movie: Groundhog Day
In honor of our recent holiday...Groundhog Day. A paltry holiday to some. A modern interpretation of another holiday (Imbolc) to others.
Anywho, we get this funny movie that takes place on Groundhog Day. Bill Murray plays Phil Connors a sarcastic, narcistic weatherman who goes to Punxsutawney, PA to celebrate Punxsutawney Phil - The Weather Predicting Groundhog.
While there he keeps reliving the same day over and over again. He tries to kill himself and succeeds many times, but then wakes up again and again. So now he tries to get Andie MacDowell (Rita) to fall in love with him. But it doesn't work. So finally he tries to just enjoy it, becomes a virtuoso jazz pianist, learns how to ice sculpt, and tries to help out everyone in the city. Turns out that's the way to not only having Rita fall in love with him, but he ends up breaking the cycle. He has the ultimate day. Now some may see this as a simple love story. I see it as a man who is in desperate need for a personality overhaul. His first idea at the thought of reliving the same day is to kill himself. Numerous times. Talk about needing a new outlook on life.
I think the point of the movie was that he needed to become a better person. And the benefit to him was by becoming a better man not only is he happier, but he is now open to love and able to get the love he wants.