If you mention Punch Drunk Love to hardcore Sandler fans, they usually sneer, and you can see them remembering their confusion and anger over watching it. But this is Sandler’s best performance and one of PTA’s weirdest movies, a dark and tense romance about a depressive, rage-filled, and lonely man finding love. Filled with lush photography emphasizing red and blue (for Barry and his love Lena) and an eclectic Jon Brion score, the film is difficult to watch and easy to love. It swoons even in violence.
Punch Drunk Love
dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
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