here's to the fools who dream
Most films are about characters and conflict that arise; Punch-Drunk Love is about how life itself is constantly jostling and jolting us out of our attempts at routine. Life is fucking hard, and it's how we hold onto something grounded that saves us.
The score is vibrant and intense, at times anxious and haunting, at times calming but soaring. Barry Egan is among the most fully realized characters in all of film; Sandler, giving the best performance of his…
"it's like those miserable psalms, they're so depressing" - God
I wish there was less annoying boomer humor (like the guard scene that felt like it would never end) but when it hits it KILLS. Definitely works overall but they had to make it feature length and it shows, as even with the self awareness it's much too long. The animated sequences are hilarious and brilliant and memorable and easily the best part of the film.
"if she weighs the same as a duck then she's made of wood and she's a witch"
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dominique Fishback deliver outstanding performances in a film so obsessed with the idea of its own premise it fails to take it anywhere or even seem interested in doing so. Constantly reminding us about the superpower angle rather than using it to be relevant to its own story, it's one of those ridiculous films that insists on saying "this ain't a movie, this is real life" instead of embracing its potential. Take a pill, get superpowers for 5 minutes; how is this mostly such a generic thriller?
This is what happens when Netflix, the creator of all those shitty Noah Centineo movies, decides to try to make a Gaspar Noe ripoff. It's a deeply offensive, insultingly unsubtle, horrifically acted, terribly scripted dumpster fire. And the music! Was this insanely mature misfire made for 10 year olds? Remember kids, rape is ok!
I want to remind all of you how much goes into making a movie. There were hundreds, maybe thousands of people who worked on this, many…