Groundhog Day (1993) -Learning how to fully Live

There are many movies always be better after the time we replayed. I have a few movies never deleted. And what’s strange magic! The scenes are still the same, the music is the same, the actor is the same, nothing changes, but we find new things, new emotions, recognize what we have not seen before and more penetrating than what I know.

I know an internet guy who watched “Groundhog Day” 194 times. His name is Robert Black, who continues to write for the film project, with the introduction of “Watching a movie over and over again. Watching a movie over and over again, the film is about living one day forever, because that’s how life happens). Robert writes about his feelings while watching movies, about life. Can you imagine, more than 200 entries in the past two years started the same way: he watched a movie scene, stopped and wrote.

You are demonstrating how much a person can love a movie?

Or can ask the opposite: how does a movie make a person so loved?

I am writing this line between the melodies of the soundtrack “The Ice Sculpture,” a gentle melody of one of the most beautiful scenes in the film. Rita sits in the cold winter street, waiting. She bought “Phil” in the auction with all the money she had and he was giving her an ice sculpture. Rita, with a flushed face and a happy smile, said she was dying. Phil humorously says he wants to be worth every penny she spends. When he turned the statue back, she said “It was so wonderful” and turned to look at him, touched, her eyes were a certain light. “How do you do this?” Asked Rita.

“I remember the lines on my face so clearly, I could do it with your eyes closed.”

And snow falls. I imagine how fond of this movie might be, if not Bill Murray, if not McDowell, if not under the direction of director Harold Ramis, and Bill had collaborated on two parts of Ghost Buster. The moment was simple, natural and emotional, Rita was happy and bright, and Phil was somewhere between love and pain. His eyes are filled with sorrow, because he knows this moment will pass. And the next morning, “today” will return and Rita will not remember any more.

That was the situation he had in Punxsutawney, a small village west of Pennsylvania. Here, February 2 each year is called the “Mole Day”. People will gather to see the mayor “knock on the door” and see the ball of mouse Phil. If he sees his shadow, that means winter will be 6 weeks longer. Otherwise, spring will come soon. As a weather reporter, Phil Connor is obliged to come here every year to cover the news. Do not know if it’s because of the name of a famous rodent or not, Phil hated this place.

But “moose day” was probably not the only thing Phil felt uncomfortable about. Because he’s a bumbling and selfish person, according to filmmaker Larry (Christ Elliott) told Rita. She is the new radio editor and assigned to accompany. Phil constantly sarcastically both during the trip, and not afraid to show himself obnoxious. But not just contempt for colleagues, Phil allergic to everyone. From the hotel owner, to the guest at the stairs, old friend selling insurance, all. When Rita complimented the excitement and warmth of the people, Phil frowned and said, “The country house is there.” Phil just wanted to get out of here. When the storm came and stopped the way back, he complained to the policeman. “Do not you watch the weather forecast?” The policeman asked. “I give birth to your forecast, not”. He thinks he is smarter than everyone in this village.

But the strange thing happened. The next morning, Phil wakes up and feels familiar. The radio show resembled the day before, two DJs playing with Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe”. Phil opened the window and saw the scene was yesterday. This is where the story begins. God, or someone, punished Phil’s behavior by forcing him to live up to his day of disgust, where he was most disturbed, forever. No matter what Phil does, when the clock points at 6 am, everything is back to “mole rat” again.

If you were you, what would you do in the situation of Phil? Scriptwriter Danny Rubin cleverly leads the story in the way we imagine. Everyone easily recognizes, living the same day is synonymous with immortality and freedom. Phil can do whatever he wants without fear of consequences. He can eat all his favorite sweets, calculate to steal money and become giants (if caught just waiting for the next day), flirt and sleep with every girl in the village … But the fun is soon Fast passing, leaving boredom and fatigue. Everything he does, people who have met, what has happened, is cleaned the next morning.

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