“In order to really know a person, you have to see the entire package. The good and the bad.”
You find yourself at a wedding and a cute guy gives this wonderful wedding speech. At the following party, he seduces you and somehow you end up in a time loop, doomed to live through the same day again and again. This brings us to Sarah portrayed by Cristin Milioti who needs to cope with that. Together with Andy Samberg as Nyles, she is the main character in this sci-fi comedy. We already know too much of these time loop scenario films, there is “Edge of Tomorrow”, “Looper” or “Happy Death Day”. Still, “Palm Springs” managed to entertain me pretty well.
Although it may seem like a typical comedy mixed with this time loop mechanic, the film manages to bring in just the right amount of depth to leave a lasting impression in mind. When you’re stuck in a time loop, is everything meaningless because the day will reset anyway? Could your life still be whole? “Palm Springs” really kept me thinking about some things.
The result, a cool little comedy to watch more than just once. Not only because the film has some rewatch potential but because its run time amounts to only 1 h and 30 minutes.
It may seem a little weird but these films I like the most, the ones that are short and can be watched no matter the time. A “Lord of the Rings” or “Interstellar” may be the way better films, yet I have to be sitting 3 hours in front of the TV which can be pretty exhausting. Therefore I love “short” films like “Palm Springs” or “Sinbad” which is, by the way, one of my all-time favourites. Short and always a pleasure to watch. No lengths, no action that’s getting out of hand and a simple plot that can evoke the same emotions in you like a 3-hour epos. If you are not sure whether you should take a look at “Palm Springs”, give it a try, it is only as short as the two next episodes of the show you’re currently watching.