Palm Springs ⭐️⭐️
Am one of the few that doesn’t like Palm Springs. I’ll get into several reasons why, but this film is being wildly hailed as a hit and recommended, including by Hulu itself — of course there is no third party independent verification for their record-breaking boasting — so take the network’s claims with whatever grains of salt you want.
The records keep on coming for Max Barbakow’s time loop romantic-comedy “Palm Springs.” A spokesperson for Hulu confirms with IndieWire the film broke the streaming platform’s opening weekend record by netting more hours watched over its first three days than any other film on Hulu during the same period. “Palm Springs” launched July 10 on Hulu.‘Palm Springs’ Sets Streaming Record: Hulu’s Biggest Weekend Opening | IndieWire
I better throw down the spoiler warning before proceeding.
… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …
Andy Samberg is almost criminally unfunny
Samberg as an actor, I don’t know the guy personally, just isn’t funny to me. Not at all. I pretty much despised him in Hot Rod and couldn’t care less with anything he did on SNL that I’ve seen anyway and now here he is on a Hulu movie. When i heard it was a romantic comedy along the lines of Groundhog Day, it was motivation to resubscribe to Hulu. I wanted to relive that movie again.
And then I remembered it was starring Andy Samberg. Sigh.
The guy just looks like he’s a jerk. He smirks all the time. His facial expressions are like a constipated David Spade. There isn’t anything endearing with Samberg’s style. He has the warmth of an ice cube in space.
No, I don’t like Samberg. Not in anything I’ve seen. I must be at least partly wrong if the great Lorne Michaels from SNL saw something in Samberg. I just can’t/don’t see it. Not yet.
I just spent several minutes on YouTube watching Andy Samberg SNL clips with the search query “funny Andy Samberg SNL clips” — none made me laugh. Nadda. Zippo. Goose egg.
Please, if you know of a skit or something Samberg has acted in that is funny, please tell me about it in the comments. He’s the male equivalent of Tiffany Haddish to me, only he’s not as annoying vocally as Haddish. It’s his smirking. That god-awful, dick-like smirking. Too much. Too often. Turns me way, way, way, way, way off.
Groundhog Day is one of those films that owns a subgenre
It’s impossible to watch this film and not compare it to Groundhog Day. This is both a blessing and curse for Palm Springs. It gets points for trying to tell its own story, but what it explains is unnecessary. Part of what makes these type movies fun is not knowing how it happens. Palm Springs explained too much.
Reviews by Others
Are others recommending Palm Springs or not?
- AZ / AZ At The Movies: “I really enjoyed Palm Springs, it was such a freeing, fresh film that combined comedy and romance with great performances and makes me excited for what other Lonely Island Productions there may be.”
- coolpapae / Gasbag Reviews (4/5): “This film made me and my wife laugh on a Friday night, when going somewhere isn’t an option. It’s the most ridiculous type of praise to say it’s worth watching again when every day is a copy of the last.”
- Fast Film Reviews / Mark Hobin: “It’s been a while since a romantic comedy captivated me this much. It’s funny, sweet, and a little acerbic. I loved it.”
- Gemma / Book Beach Bunny: “As to the actual time loop I did really appreciate how they dealt with it in the end. Except for the goat thing. But the movie was enough fun I was willing to not think about that”
- Giadreams / The Movie My Life: “Infinite time loop movie fans should give Palm Springs a chance, along with others who are simply curious. Who knows, you like many others may not find it as disappointing as I did.”
- Jerome Reviews (10/10): “…is definitely one of the best of the year so far, watch this one when you can!”
- Jmunney’s Blog: “…isn’t as transcendent as Groundhog Day, but it has a deeper conversation with eternity.”
- Matthew Liedke: “The “Groundhog Day” formula just works. It worked in that movie. It worked in “Happy Death Day.” And it works here”
- MovieManJackson (Grade: B+): “…it’s the type of movie that profiles as a two weeks and out type. In a weird way, getting released to Hulu has given the movie more exposure and legs. Who would have guessed a Samberg vehicle would be one of the more introspective watches of the year?”
- Movies Unchained: “The humour is strong, the dialogue is sharp and insightful, the romance is soaringly beautiful and the philosophical underpinnings are profound. Incredibly original (even if it may be a direct descendent of other stories centred on time loops), and always entertaining, with not a single wasted moment or cheap joke to be found anywhere”
- Read ’em And Weep / Alyssa: “If you’re looking for a refreshing rom-com with a sci-fi twist to get you through this pandemic, Palm Springs will at least get you through an hour and a half of it. It really is worth a watch.”
- Savannah Floore (Grade: A): “It’s the kind of movie that came out at the perfect time, a movie that perfectly encapsulates the modern millennial mood, while also being a darkly comedic dive into existentialist themes. Paired off with a bright aesthetic, Palm Springs is the movie of the summer.”
- Screen Zealots (3/5): “…doesn’t come close to living up to the initial film festival audience reaction. The dark comedy is entertaining, but it’s not as funny as it could be, and it’s not as clever as it wishes it was.”
- Swampflix: “This has a much bigger chance of actually making a cultural impact just because we’ve all been forced into a never-ending collective rut thanks to the pandemic.”
- When The Credits Roll: “…is absolutely one of my favourite movies of the year so far that is just waiting to be enjoyed again and again and again and again, sort of like it’s own very meta time-loop.”
- Keith & The Movies (2/5): “…is essentially a less attractive and less nuanced “Groundhog Day”. It tries to differentiate itself by throwing out some new ideas but it doesn’t do enough with them. Instead it’s so beholden to its raunchy comedy ambitions that we end up with more cheap sex gags than meaningful character moments.”
- Movie Babble: “It’s not catastrophic and I definitely couldn’t pinpoint a moment where I stopped enjoying the film; it’s still a shame the film couldn’t hold up its originality it presented so well in the first two acts.”
- popcult blog: “…is a bit of empty fluff that will help pass the time, it’s something new made with a moderate level of skill. It’s nothing I ever plan on revisiting.”
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