Well, I have to admit that Iím not the biggest fan of P.T. Anderson. I found Magnolia to be a bit pretentious and Boogie Nights to be slow at times. That being said, it didnít surprise me that Iíd have a few problems with Punch-Drunk Love. I will say that after seeing most of his films, even though I come away a bit unsatisfied, I do usually think about the movie for a few days. This film was no exception. So thatís my first compliment.
I didnít think Iíd enjoy watching Emily Watson and Adam Sandler together on
screen. And for the most part I was
right. What did surprise me is that
neither one annoyed me. I found
Sandlerís Barry Egan enjoyable to watch on screen. Obviously, a great character for Sandler to prove that he
could act when he wants to. A
quirky guy who has some serious obsessive-compulsive tendencies, including
buying large quantities of pudding in order to get frequent flyer miles.
He also has some anger management issues, with both family and strangers.
Emily Watson plays his girlfriend, Lena, who is drawn to this strange man
even though he gives her plenty of reasons to avoid him like the plague.
They donít exude chemistry on screen together, but they do fit their
characters nicely. The movie actually works better since they donít appear to
be a great match. It gives the
characters more reasons to look for to be together.
Anderson plays this like an old time romantic comedy, with all the quirks left
in for good measure. Luis Guzman
and Phillip Seymour Hoffman play outstanding supporting actors that you have to
watch to appreciate. I loved the
music in this film, which was scored by Jon Brion.
It has a great title sequence which does itís best to draw you into the
world of the film. Many times it
appeared to me that Anderson was also invoking old MGM style musicals of the
30ís and 40ís. Barryís bright
blue suit that he wears throughout the film, and his passion for dancing around
reminded me of those old musicals.
So can I tell you to run out and see this movie?
No way. But I can tell you
that if youíre looking for something original, this is definitely one to check
out. Sandler delivers a performance
that many didnít think he had in him. Emily
Watson also fleshes out a character that leaves you wondering, is she nuts? or
just really understanding. Iím
not sure I understood the flick, but it did sit in my brain for a while.
Thatís got to be something.
Iíd love to hear them.
come back soon, until then, iíll be at the moviesÖ