Marriage or marriage, in one sense, is a commitment to your time cycle. Waking up with the same people every day, mainly in the same bed, in a world that can be boring – kids, hurricanes, school buses, work, lunch, dinner, sleep, fighting, kissing, dressing up. Is it all-important or not?
Or is life about realizing that things happen when nothing else matters?
This is not very innovative thinking, and writers from Albert Camus to Nietzsche have abandoned tapes. However, Palm Springs brings these ideas together, twists them in a timeline, and envisions one day our characters will have to redo like a wedding to produce a film that’s both captivating and incredibly heartwarming.
Samberg and Milioti are Niles and Sarah, respectively. He was a friend of one of the bridesmaids. She is the bride’s sister. Both are secondary to the marriage and actually to the people around them.
They both draw their conclusions in their way that life is meaningless, we are alone, and marriage, love etc. and all these are great names we have given props so as not to experience ourselves makes me feel sad all the time.
However, Sarah soon finds herself stuck in time, waking up every day at the start of her sister’s wedding day. He was there, following Niles into a cave to realize he was there that cycle because he forgot how long.
Two such people who like to “drink and drink” can have a great time together. From flying and crashing planes to risky bar fights and police arrests to spending money like there’s no tomorrow (no).
Of course, science was secondary to him, and logic was even more critical.
Over time it is better not to go there. Luckily, the film recognizes it and if you can’t avoid it, skip it. However, what he’s trying to tell you is as clear as the light shining through Sarah’s eyes as they swell. Your past and future are as important as your present, what you think about who you do it with.
Samberg and Kiliotti are so funny, good people that there can’t be two better souls to cheer them on. Will Niles and Sarah stay together? Will this cycle continue? Your success consists in realizing that happy adults should only start with happy ones.
Similar to the concept of Cockroach Day (1993), Palm Springs revisits the premise of being stuck in a cycle, but the comparison ends here.
The story begins with Niles, who is already trapped in this “box”. Instead, we can experience Sarah’s reaction as she realizes her eternal destiny. The result is disturbing, happy and confusing at the same time. In terms of sound, Palm Springs plays to the strengths of its top pair.
Even if the subject matter is metaphysical:
Andy Samberg’s comedic moments and organic charm keep the film relatively lighthearted. Their hassle-free chemistry with Christine Milioti makes them a great root partner as they live multiple times in the same day.
As the companion of the typical Samberg, but the sympathetic boy in Niles, Sarah von Milioti extraordinarily overcame her predicament. Like Roy, J. K. Simmons also defies expectations in terms of his minor characters.
Thanks to Max Barbakov and Andy Ciara for writing this unusual story together. It brings a refreshingly different perspective on a “love story” that isn’t as obvious as it seems. Barbakov directs Ciara’s clever script while skillfully balancing the film’s frivolous moments with its philosophical reflections.
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