Palm Springs delivers an absolutely charming rom-com with a fun sci-fi twist along with a sharp sense of humor and compelling performances. The movie set a new twist on the genre, finding a less worn avenue with overused tropes.
Palm Springs is directed by Max Barbekow from a script written by Andy Siara based on a story by both filmmakers. The movie still follows archetypal rom-com story where boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, etc., But with eternal time loop thrown in, some quantum physics and a man hunting the boy for sport, Palm Springs certainly has elements not often seen in romantic comedies. It is a very interesting and thought-provoking experience.
The cast includes Andy Samberg, Cristine Milioti, J.K. Simmons, Peter Gallagher, Meridith Hagner. They are so talented, so in the zone with the material that they crackle with the unexpected character development, absurdity, flaws, humor. There is a sleight of hand: Judging from the opening sequence, when a bunch of people gathering palm springs for a wedding. Palm Springs is full of surprises.
Palm Spring is genuinely romantic, in a way that feels old fashioned. People get bruised by past experiences in love, they barricade themselves off from hurt. This becomes a habit and the habit then becomes your personality.
The film is only 90 mins long but somehow manages to wrestle all those ideas into an airy, silly comedy filled with terrific laugh lines and fizzy chemistry between Samberg and Milioti. It’s tough for a film to be heady and hilarious, but Palm Springs does it beautifully. For many, existence has felt limited and monotonous of late, with no obvious light ahead. There is a strange satisfaction in seeing a highly entertaining film that speaks to specific anxiety without even meaning to. In Palm Springs, the journey the central characters go on isn’t just about trying to escape the loop. But it’s about understanding that no matter how tedious life might seem, there are always ways to find joy in living it.
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