Groundhog Day is a rare film, managing to balance the weight of its central conceit with actual character development and laughs. (Bill Murray as weatherman Phil Connors takes the lion’s share of the credit there.) But, unless you’re a fan of repeat-repeat viewings, you might not have appreciated just how well the movies manages to replicate that single day that Connors is trapped in. Well, today on Groundhog day itself, you should take a moment to watch a video — “Groundhog Day – Every Day in One Day” — that showcases the film’s technical brilliance.
It’s a little confusing, of course, but you can see how the film pays attention to the detail in each repeated scene, right down to people strolling by in the background. Plus, by watching all the days at once you can see how Connors’ response to his situation develops: from bafflement, to irritation, to hedonism, then suicide, altruism, and beyond. And, not coincidentally, you’ll probably feel like watching the film again.