Review: Palm Springs
You may have heard of this.
Seemingly carefree Nyles (Andy Samberg) is at a wedding in Palm Springs. He helps get a flustered Sarah,(Cristin Milioti) out of her maid of honor speech and they strike up a conversation. At the end of the night, strange things begin to happen and when Sarah wakes up the next morning she realizes she's living the same day again. Nyles (get it, he's a bit nihilistic) lets her know that she's stuck in the same infinite time loop he's been in for quite some time.
Even though the trailer looked amusing, I was a tad reluctant to watch this because I'm not big on time travel movies, or movies where they keep repeating the same thing over and over. (like Vantage Point) But seeing as it was on Hulu and what else am I going to do during a pandemic, I gave it a go.
To the film's credit, it's a very fresh take. Sure, Sarah and Nyles are stuck in the same day, but they spend those days doing a variety of different things so it never feels too repetitive or clunky. I liked where they took this. The characters may not be deep or original but the film doesn't really require them to be. They just have to be enough for us to want to watch them navigate the time loop.
And they are. Milioti especially was my favorite. Meredith Hagner who plays Misty, Nyle's awful girlfriend provided the only legitimate laugh for me. I really loved how she played Misty. That does bring me to the biggest fault - and it's that I just didn't laugh at a lot of this. There were plenty of amusing things happening, but the only time I actually laughed was when Misty and Nyles had a pretty ridiculous altercation.
Overall, for a film that you can catch on streaming, I liked this. It doesn't fall victim to the tropes I expected it too and the actors are engaging.
Memorable Quote: "At least you have each other, nothing is worse than going through this shit alone." - Roy (JK Simmons)