Happy Groundhog Day!
Today I made friends with this lovely groundhog whose name (for the day and according to us, she must have her own secret name) is Claudette
the fascinating thing about Fara Falls is that it is a video game, so Leveling up, to us, as a term i throw around all the time, can easily be forgotten about and attributed to the story as “just a video game thing”, and then i take every chapter that explores Fara Falls to say something different
you have a world that has been like this for years. Celeste was a child when Midnight first took over the kingdom. Bolte was a child when Captain took over the guards originally. he has spent his entire life in a world where the only way to survive was to Level Up.
so you look at it and you’re like, okay, video game logic.
but then the chapters force you to stop and look at it again, because, no, these are real people in a world with video game rules applied to it.
so you have to Level Up, and the only way to do that is to get EXP, and the only way to get EXP, of course, is by winning fights and…killing someone. oh. right. and it’s like a hoof to the stomach when you suddenly remember that Bolte joins the guards to keep Red alive, but the only way to stay in the guards is to Level Up, and do as the Queen says, and the Queen says kill all who to defy me
so you have this gawky teenager, way back when, forced to kill to survive, blood and code on his hands when he gets home at the end of the day, and a Level that grows and grows and grows and it literally breaks his HEART.
hi yes i’m just over here thinking about the psychological and physical effects of living with a high Level and how fascinating i find that, don’t mind me
someone come kick my ass so i go finish the scene this line is from
“Living here comes with costs. I’m the general. I don’t know what the fuck that means where you’re from, but here? It means that the only thing keeping everyone in this fucking town from ending up code in the Queen’s collection is me. And if we lose this town, there’s nothing for Red to come back too.”
Bolte and Blue’s relationship is just “enemies to practically-brothers” and i love that fact with my whole entire soul
Happy Groundhog Day!
OOooOON AND OOOOON AND OOOON YOU STUUUuuuUUMBLE ON TOWARDS THE SIIIIIIIINKING SUN TUUUUUURN A BLIIIIIND EYE FIGHT OR RUuuUUN REST ASSURED THE NIIIIIIIIIGHT WILL COME
OOOON AND OOON YOU GRAAASP AND GUESS AND SEEEARCH FOR PATTERNS IIIIIIN THE MESS OF WHAT HAS BEEN AND WHAT IS LEEEEEFT TO YET ENDUUUuuURE
The cop from Brooklyn Nine-Nine gets with Ted’s wife from How I Met Your Mother. Let the comedy ensue…
Plot: When carefree Nyles and reluctant maid of honour Sarah have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated as they are unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.
Ever since the comedy classic Groundhog Day hit our screens back in 1993, the idea of getting stuck in the same day on repeat in a time-loop has been done and rehashed many times with the likes Edge of Tomorrow, Netflix’s Russian Doll and Happy Death Day as an examples just to mention a few. That’s not even alluding to the countless times popular TV shows dedicated an episode towards this gimmick. What I can I say, its a success proven formula, so why not milk it to the teat! So now famous comedy music group The Lonely Island who have recently been delving into the film-making business with the likes of Hot Rod, Brigsby Bear, Storks, Tour de Pharmacy and the incredibly funny Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping have also decided to jump onto the Groundhog Day wagon and bring us Palm Springs. What separates this movie from the other time-loop flicks previous to it is the factor that it places multiple characters in the time loop instead of just the usual lone protagonist, to wake up in the same place on the same day every day, always at a wedding in Palm Springs. Thus, there are shifts in perspective running concurrent with the temporal repetition of events and place, which opens up an array of possibilities in montage and storytelling.
What I appreciated about Palm Springs is that it doesn’t waste time with exploiting it’s all too familiar narrative, as such when we meet Andy Samberg’s character Nyles, he has already been stuck in this repeated plot long before we catch him in the movie, so he quickly brings us up to speed on what is going on, instead of leaving us for half the movie with the Murray factor of trying to figure out what is happening. To be honest, the repetition story thread is actually a set-up for what this movie is truly about, and that is the classic love story. This is a romantic movie through and through, as we get to enjoy Samberg’s and Milioti’s characters get to know each other and learn to appreciate each other under the given fantastical circumstances. Yes, the movie is filled to the brim with romantic movie tropes and cliches, and there are some good spills of humour throughout, but also this movie is surprisingly relatable for us in the year 2020. The whole idea of losing track of time due to the lack of a tomorrow, or in our case having days merge into one as people are stuck isolating at home during a pandemic, but this relevancy is purely coincidental as I’m certain the folks from The Lonely Island were not aware that a pandemic was going to hit at the time they were filming this. Then again, maybe they were. What if, dare I even say it….Andy Samberg is behind all of this?? No, no it cannot be! That’s stupid talk! No, really, that is stupid, what am I even talking about? Where am I going with this?? In any case, Palm Springs offers exactly what you expect from it without taking any risks, nor does it have to, as it never tries to prove that it’s something more unique than a simple enjoyable romantic comedy.
There’s a lovely cast here at work also worth mentioning. Andy Samberg imbues Nyles with the right level of cynicism, that would naturally occur, one would assume, if you were reliving the same day for the hundredth time. Cristin Milioti, known to most as the mother from How I Met Your Mother, gets to play the confused type as she’s thrown into the time-loop at the time we start the film, so it’s interesting to see her crazy ballistic reaction to the entire ordeal to counterpart Samberg’s accepting calm demeanour. They both share solid chemistry with one another, though I feel like them falling for one another felt a bit rushed, at least from the point of view of an audience, as by the narrative standards these characters have been stuck in the same day for a while. I don’t know, when the typical romantic Hollywood ending comes about, I didn’t feel like it was garnered. But that’s more of a script complaint rather than towards the actors. J.K. Simmons also pops up in a fun little role that then turns endearing when you find out more about him.
As a whole, Palm Springs lacks the twists and turns, but makes up for it with its feel-good heartwarming nature, and some good solid jokes to seal the deal. Though I would not say this is a laugh out loud comedy. If you are looking for something truly hilarious, look no further that The Lonely Island’s other comedy Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, featuring a load of slapstick buffoonery to satisfy your cravings. But do give Palm Springs a watch too, its enjoyable for what its worth.
Overall score: 6/10
Has anyone else experienced this thing on the mobile app lately where after scrolling down a certain distance in any tag new posts stop showing up? And you get stuck in this loop where as you scroll you start seeing the same 10 or 20 posts over and over again. I feel like Tumblr app has pulled me into a Groundhog Day sort of situation. Like sometimes I’ll start scrolling really fast like I’m hoping if I pick up my pace maybe I’ll get to something new
and reach tomorrow. P.S. I never do.
Bleeding through wrappings is normality. Dealing with it is normality. Bolte has built his life on that, proving that he could fight through anything, lead through anything, keep standing no matter how hard he was hit.