Frankly talking, I’d have been impressed if Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son resembled a best-forgotten, straight-to-DVD sequel. This isn’t, I’m positive you’d agree, the obvious of choices for a VR follow-up. And but, in some way, it suits like a glove.
This can be a remarkably pure concoction of immersive storytelling and interactivity. It in all probability wouldn’t be within the arms of anybody apart from Tequila Works, a studio with suspiciously particular expertise within the area of time-bending narratives. It’s as if the workforce itself had been making the identical recreation time and again till it arrived at this, an ideal outlet for its fixation on time-distorted tales.
And it actually runs with the chance, intricately navigating a multi-stranded narrative during which Phil Connors Jr., a well-known model of mean-spirited vlogger, reckons with the legacy of his enlightened father. Connors Jr. is sharp-tongued and responsibility-adverse, which involves a head when he returns to his dwelling city of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Compelled to relive the identical day time and again, he wrestles with being raised by a know-it-all of a Dad and the disdain it fostered within him.
It’s one of many weighty themes that exhibits Tequila Works, which might have merely adopted the movie’s gimmick alone, is eager to hold the burden of a real sequel. It’s as a lot a modernization as it’s a follow-up, reimagining the foundations of Groundhog Day in a world with smartphones and vegans.
Between scenes you’ll see tweets from Connors Jr. that flesh out the day in refreshingly abridged type and, if you happen to entry your pill, you possibly can scroll by means of outdated images to get a way of his self-involved previous. Mixed with a faithfully-recreated rendition of Punxsutawney and an artwork model that permits for expressive, if often clownish, character performances, there’s greater than sufficient motive to present this courageous try its honest probability.
If there’s a foot flawed it’s within the expletive-ridden script. The sport is usually humorous however often errors the 26-year hole between installments as an excuse to swap Invoice Murray’s signature deadpan model for foul-mouthed rants.
This simply doesn’t really feel at dwelling in a world and story that in any other case does the unique justice. There’s real affection for the supply materials right here, from Connors Jr.’s biting sarcasm infecting each well-meaning forged member to the sandbox freedom of a world with few repercussions. And, sure, that does embrace some hilarious makes an attempt at nearly ending all of it.
Extra importantly, although, the plot does an eloquent job of justifying practically each improvement and interplay you’ll uncover in Like Father Like Son.