Available on Amazon Prime Video, Palm Springs is a romantic comedy that plays with the concept of a time loop. Led by Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti, is this film worth a look?
WHAT IS IT ABOUT ?
The carefree Nyles meets Sarah, the bride’s sister and bridesmaid, at a wedding in Palm Springs. Things get complicated quickly when the duo find themselves trapped in the space-time of this marriage, forced to relive the same day over and over again.
WHO IS IT WITH?
Palm Springs brings together a cast of well-known faces with Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother) in the lead, perfect as a messy couple. For his part, JK Simmons (Whiplash) once again plays spoilsports with panache. The rest of the cast include Camila Mendes (Riverdale), Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf), Peter Gallagher (Newport Beach) and Meredith Hagner (Search Party).
WELL WORTH A LOOK ?
Seeing the Palm Springs trailer, one can’t help but get a feeling of déjà vu. This romantic comedy written by Andy Siara and directed by Max Barbakow uses the concept of a time loop, which consists of reliving events over and over again. But thanks to an impeccable cast, refreshing staging, and deeper subtext, Palm Springs eschews the pale copy of One Endless Day and delivers a funny and heartwarming experience that feels good in these gloomy times. The health context has been favorable to the success of Palm Springs, which won nominations for the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Awards.
We follow with pleasure the budding romance between Nyles (Andy Samberg) and Sarah (Cristin Milioti), two lost in life subject to spleen stuck in a time loop on the occasion of a wedding. If the search for an escape remains the common thread of Palm Springs, the time loop clearly serves as a pretext, even a metaphor, for a deeper subject and the film is ultimately more interested in portraying a generation in full of disillusion and of an evil which gnaws at her: the depressive state. Andy Siara’s writing brings a lot of depth and character to his duo, two clumsy jokers with their dark side.
The alchemy between Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti is undeniable and their tandem works so well that we believe in their story despite this spatio-temporal threat that hangs over their heads. The idyllic setting of Palm Springs has everything to make you dream despite the surrounding chaos and their adventure takes place at a frantic pace for a spectacle in front of which it is impossible to be bored. This romantic comedy plays with all the codes of the genres it honors, twists and deepens them to deliver a benevolent message about acceptance and self-love in a heavy atmosphere, which unwittingly echoes the news.