(Not) a new spin on the time travel genre – Max Barbakow sends in PALM SPRINGS two young adults get caught in a time loop and hit a few crazy hooks along the way. We reveal in our review why the comedy is already one of the insider tips of the year.
Will the two of them find their way out of the time loop?
But Max Barbakow and Andy Siara also break away from the standard time loop tropes; And then their “Palm Springs” goes from a very good comedy to a potential insider tip to – perhaps one day – a classic. The reason for this is primarily the clever resolution, the effectiveness of which is mainly due to the fact that the two protagonists are established as extremely smart from the start. If they weren’t drawn anywhere near as cleverly as they appear here in the course of the film, “Palm Springs” would probably follow conventional genre lines. But as it is, the makers dare to create a plot that is so far unique – and which at first glance might even make you think that a film is wasting its entire potential. However, this is exactly not the case here. Simply because until now no one had the idea of solving a film with a time loop theme like the makers of “Palm Springs”.
“But Max Barbakow and Andy Siara also break away from the standard time loop tropes; And then their “Palm Springs” goes from a very good comedy to a potential insider tip to – perhaps one day – a classic.”
This also consoles the fact that the script does a few predictable things to the main characters in the middle part, which serve their purpose, but which appear even more stale than they already are in the otherwise fresh and innovative concept. But Samberg and Milioti easily ignore this too. And if so, JK Simmons too (“Whiplash”) in a supporting role as an opaque bearer of secrets whose identity is only gradually revealed, the viewer is once again right in the middle of the strengths of this cinematic holiday paradise.
Conclusion: One of the funniest, cleverest and most likeable films of recent years – “Palm Springs” has the potential to be a comedy insider tip that might even become a classic at some point. And Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti are just adorable!
“Palm Springs” will be available on VOD from June 4th and on DVD and Blu-ray from July 9th.