Date released: February 12, 1993
Date watched: October 9, 2014
Why now? St Vincent’s release is just around the corner, and this has been on my personal “List of Shame” (the films I haven’t seen and should have) for quite some time.
Why not then? In my defence, I was six when this came out; I didn’t know the joys of Bill Murray at that age. As for why not in the 20-ish years since? I dunno, the opportunity just never really came up.
- Bill Murray being a delightfully dry-witted jerk
- A dosage of black comedy from the repeated death scenes
- Time reset shenanigans!
- Basically, I’m just expecting it to be really good because films don’t become comedy classics for no reason.
What I actually got:
- That was kinda cute
- I like that they covered all the bases of what someone would do with seemingly unlimited time, the good (saving people, learning skills) and the bad (despair, suicide, constantly running into insurance salesmen).
- I was not expecting the whole little bit with the old man, which was actually pretty sad.
- Bill Murray was great. I can see why some people say this is his best work.
- It wasn’t as gut-punch hilarious all the way through as I was expecting, but it was nice and fun and really well written.
One night-in stand or second date potential? It’s always worrying when you go into watching one of the “classics” for the first time, but I did really enjoy this. If I end up in some kind of time loop and I spend some of it watching movies over and over again between the bank heists and dancing with my loved one in the snow, I could definitely do worse than this. Or, y’know, more realistically, I can see myself putting this on if I need a comfort movie.