PALM SPRINGS (2020)


Nyles is a carefree guy who meets an unenthusiastic maid of honour Sarah at her sister’s Palm Springs wedding. Now they find themselves stuck in a mysterious time loop and end up living the same day over and over again.

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I really anticipated this movie and it’s mostly for one reason, seeing Andy Samberg outside of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and although he did some voice acting in Hotel Transylvania 1-3 and Cloudy with a chance of meatballs 1&2 I hadn’t really taken note then because I started and finished Brooklyn Nine-Nine this year, and I must say he did not disappoint me. Palm Springs is a very enjoyable movie with a story similar to the beloved and always talked about 1993 movie Groundhog Day. We’ve all watched similar time loop movies but to use a somewhat stale concept to be able to make a movie that is indeed a breath of fresh air like this one is remarkable.

The script of this movie was very solid, especially for a worn out concept like this they manage to give a very different perspective to things. I did try my best to make this review short so as not to give away too many spoilers but I just want to point something out. Three people were stuck in the time loop and we see a realistic reaction from all of them. Nyles just does whatever he wants and tries to make the best of the situation, Roy a family man who describes his marriage before being stuck in the loop as a “bottomless pit of sorrow” is lucky enough to have been stuck in a day that was great for him and his family so he was happy and it made him appreciate his family more even though he had little regrets like not being able to walk his daughter down the aisle. While Sarah on the other hand couldn’t accept the day she kept reliving because it always reminded her of a mistake she made the previous day so she tried to find a way out.

In terms of actor performances, I think a star studded cast of Andy Samberg, J.K Simmons, Cristin Milioti, Peter Gallagher and Camila Mendes could’ve done no wrong. The chemistry between Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti was wonderful, they no doubt deserve a lot of credit. Cristin Milioti will definitely be on my radar henceforth.

Finally, I think this is one of the best movies I’ve seen this year and it is strange that a that a time travel Rom-Com is a contender for one of the best movies of 2020 so far. Also, I do urge everyone to give it a try and I'm quite confident you'll enjoy it.

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