Punch-Drunk Love Reviews
Dark and hilarious, completely surreal, but its an oddly precise depiction of a kind yet lonely, awkward coupon-clipping guy who must overcome many obstacles to connect with a sweet girl who is mutually interested in him.
Those obstacles are the stuff of surreal dreams.
And blazing hilarity:
-his 7 tyrannically abusive sisters,
-a phone-sex operator's 4 vengeance seeking brothers, and
-a huge mistake that he must stand up against and overcome in order to move on in his life.
Not for every taste, but its colourful, shocking, obnoxious, slightly disturbing, sweet, always hilarious, and completely off kilter.
Again, I love this movie.
I think the overkill of f-bombs and the phone sex dialogue alienated its intended audience of quirky romantics with a yearning for adventure, but with those things scraped off, this movie is a priceless tongue-in-cheek underdog masterpiece.
For me, its about how life crashes into you and around you, and the motivation it takes to accept and overcome the problems and make your dreams come true.
4.5 out of 5 streetside harmoniums
It's obvious that this was written with Sandler in mind because it touches into what makes (well, made, at this point) him appealing- there is just something unnerving about him, but presented with a certain meekness. I've just described your stereotypical closet axe-murderer probably but, I stick by my characterisation.
Anderson seems to relate anyway as he offers up a rom-com that's weird and funny and romantic but definitely the first one more so than anything else. Like much of Anderson's work, it's a stream of scenes with the occasional piece of brilliance. As a whole, it's more of a lived experience than a cohesive start-to-finish achievement but when it hits the nail on the head, it really hits it.
It's superbly cast all-round, and it's refreshing to see the likes of Emily Watson fitting in so well with such a darkly-comic work. It's niche to put it lightly but the appeal is there and there might just be moments that stick with you, as there were for me.
At the very least- don't let Sandler's name, combined with the rom-com tag, put you off from this one. This is a hidden gem and when we look back on Sandler's work (whenever he finally stops making films!), I have a feeling that this one will stand out from the bunch.