Today I…watched a film- Punch Drunk Love (2002) directed by P T Anderson, starring Adam Sandler and Emily Watson, with Philip Seymour Hoffman.
This is part of my film module; we are studying four films by this director ( see Boogie Nights 30/365 ).
Synopsis from IMDB:
“A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding”
I really liked this film- it allowed Sandler to show a little more depth than some of his earlier films but at the same time recognised his comedy persona. I read that Paul Thomas Anderson refers to this film as “an arthouse Adam Sandler film”. Visually, the use of patterns, lines and colours really help to tell the story and signify the characters; i.e. Barry’s suit is distinctively BLUE as are the walls of the warehouse where we see him.
It’s not your average rom-com, but there is romance and comedy. There’s also sadness, frustration and violence. Barry is a lonely, awkward, damaged, man who is henpecked and bullied by his seven sisters. After meeting Lena, he stands up to the bad guy (Hoffman) and says: “I have a love in my life. It makes me stronger than anything you can imagine.” You get a glimpse of his heart and it makes you want to fix him.
I give it 4 out of 5 and I will be watching it again.