Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day ★★★★

A bona fide great I'd managed to avoid for far too long, Ramis' classic comedy had me at first sighing at the lack of laughs but eventually enveloped in the surprising depth and darkness it comes to acquire. Murray offers a dour portrait of a disaffected weatherman, his performance growing more and more fun as his character comes to realise and exploit his predicament. The very literal spin Ramis puts on the idea of life just being the same thing over and over again gives way to a wonderfully honest character study that really does get you thinking about your own life. It uses comedy as a gateway to surprisingly incisive comment on human existence; I was surprised to find it lived up to its reputation.