Palm Springs: a refreshing must-watch; a delightful uptake on a fuzzy rom-com and much more

Palm Springs

  • Film Rating: R (Viewers Discretion Advised)

  • Performance Rating: Rotten Tomatoes: 94% | Metacritic: 83% | IMDb: 7.4/10

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama

  • Director: Max Barbakow

  • Screenplay: Andy Siara

  • Box office: 4.39 lakhs USD

  • Released: 10th July’2020

  • Runtime: 87 mins

  • Studio: Hulu

  • Basic Cast: Andy Samberg (Nyles), Cristin Miloti (Sarah), J.K. Simmons (Roy), Camila Mendes (Tala), Tyler Hoechlin (Abe).

# WARNING: Spoilers ahead

Nyles (Andy Samberg) volunteers to step up, in the perfect cliched pretence of rescuing the damsel-in-distress Sarah (Cristin Miloti) from an unexpected request to deliver the speech on her sister's wedding dinner. As intended, he succeeds in sweeping the reluctant maid of honour off her feet and they get conversing. Next thing we know Roy (J.K. Simmons) lands a deadly assault on Nyles; consequently leading to Sarah following the odd-duo into a weird cave. Complications arise when she wakes up in bed; the exact same day, the exact same Palm Springs Wedding Venue. Several unsuccessful attempts at breaking free of the time-loop; she acquaints herself to living a carefree life with Nyles. The plot ends with both Sarah and Nyles breaking free of the cycle and reverting back to their realities.

The movie is a perfect blend of spices. An astounding vision of what purgatory would ensure. The dreaded infinite time loop with no escape, meant to state out our mundane lives. There are initial shock and denial at the concept of the encapsulating time-frame, but adaption follows suit. The story explores each persona as the plot shifts from sci-fi, dark comedy to romance and emotional drama. Initially, both Nyles and Sarah were escaping their darkness and their pasts. As the subtle romance starts building up to something serious, they are sent guilt-tripping. They realise in order to not let go completely, humans need to hold on to something real. The lure of a life where nothing matters; a life absolved of responsibility is an enticing resolve to break.

In short, Palm Springs is more than the cliched rom-com. The characters portray delightful comedy and drama that blend into a master millennial remake of the Harold Ramis fantasy-comedy stint Groundhog Day; starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Christopher Elliott. An absolute must-watch for Andy Samberg fans. Besides, what better reason to watch Palm Springs during this pandemic period, then to get in touch with a basal truth of life and its faucets.


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