Groundhog Day

I felt like a bit of Bill Murray, so returned to this film which I probably last watched over 20 years ago.

It was pretty much as I remembered, the basic story anyway, I had just forgotten the details. It is an entertaining watch but the whole premise of the film does start getting a little tired towards the end. Bill is funny but quite subdued compared to other films.

For some reason the ending was not as I remembered. I thought it ended with his groundhog day finally finishing, and instead his love interest in the film starting hers. This is not how it ended, but apparently it was in the original script, so perhaps I read it then it somehow morphed in my mind as being the actual ending. The mind is a malleable and tricky thing.

Bill, who seems to be a bit difficult at times, had a falling out with director Harold Ramis, and the two never worked together again.

Not bad, not great, but worth a watch again.

Date watched: December 30th
Score: 7.5/10
Film count 2017: 146

St. Vincent

This is a film recommended to watch on Netflix on this website.

Another reason to watch this is because of Bill Murray, can’t go wrong with Bill. Naomi Watts also had a role as his Russian stripper lady friend, and I did not realise it was her until the end credits. She was great, as was the boy in the film.

The story though was quite unoriginal, and it gets a bit soppy and sentimental just a bit too often. But, Bill saves the day with his fine acting, which at times is devoid of humour, but as we know Bill does drama quite well. All of the acting is superb actually. Bill was the highlight though, just watching him as the end credits roll as he waters a plant was pure entertainment.

Date watched: July 23rd
Score: 7/10
Film count 2017: 81

The poster overdoes it a bit.

Caddyshack

I may or may not have seen this many years ago, I cannot recall. Some of it seemed familiar, but most of it not.

Anyway, this was a sometimes quite funny sometimes not comedy with Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, and a bunch of other actors and actresses. Bill, Chevy and Rodney were all funny in their own right, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they ad-libbed a lot, especially Rodney who was talking none stop most of the time.

The Wiki page about this film is a good read.

So it was good for the three main comedians, but the rest was just average.

This was Harold Ramis’ first feature film.

Date watched: December 11th
Score: 7/10
Film count 2015: 7