“Punch-Drunk Love” Is a film by Paul Thomas Anderson. PTA is the man behind other films like “Boogie Nights” and “There Will Be Blood”. His films are very distinctive of his style and are always very original and story driven. Let me see if this makes sense; His stories have more story than the average story. what I mean is that, his movies tend to lack set pieces and anything that is not completely crucial to the story. There is no filler in PTA’s films even though they do sometimes have a slow pace.
“Punch-Drunk Love” stars Adam Sandler which may seem weird at first since this is a very serious film. There are some comedic moments, but this is far from the comedy films that Sandler is known. I have to say that I was very impressed by Sandler’s performance. Many comedic actors venture into drama and fail miserably. Whats worse is when they come back to comedy, but somehow lost the ability to be funny *cough* Jim Carrey *cough*. PTA is one of the those directors like Quentin Tarantino that really knows how to bring out the best performances in his actors. Adam Sandler gives a great performance as Barry Egan, a very complex and interesting character.
Costarring we have Emily Watson who does a sufficient job, but is nothing very noteworthy. The other Co-star I feel the need to mention is Philip Seymour Hoffman who actually has a very small role in the scheme of things. Him and the parent teacher association have worked together on most of his other films, from “Hard Eight” to PTA’s most recent film “The Master” (Which I have yet to be able to see, but hope to very soon.) Philip Seymour Hoffman has somewhat of a small role, but he has a key role in the story. It seemed to me like he was doing a Jack Black impression. I’m sure he wasn’t, but it was an amusing thought.
The music is great. The soundtrack consists of some very weird songs, that seem to be little more than compilations of sounds. It’s strange that it works so well, but it really does work perfectly in the scenes that it’s in.
Cinematography in “Punch-Drunk Love” is absolutely beautiful. Each shot in the movie is carefully crafted, the camera movement all has meaning and adds to the scene it’s in, and the lighting is wonderful. The Parent Teacher Association knows how to visually decorate a film. He is a true master of film technique and convention. His films feel like complete experiences. Emotional journeys that have a true purpose.
The story in “Punch-Drunk Love” is great. Very strange, but great. It’s all over the place and it leaves some things unanswered, but it’s really special. Stories are not often as high caliber as they are in “Punch-Drunk Love”
“Punch-Drunk Love” looks sleaker, has a better story, and has better acting than most films. Definitely go out of your way to watch this film. It’s a deep engrossing cinematic experience.