Punch-Drunk Love : Movie Review

One of this year’s most diverse, vastly unusual pictures might also be Adam Sandler’s calling card for a Hollywood shift of gear.

The Adam Sandler you know – and admittedly love – is nowhere to be found in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Punch Drunk Love”, but fortunately a promising actor with a career outside of fart jesting is.

Similar to Jim Carrey’s doorway into drama with “The Majestic”, “Punch Drunk Love” is a diminutive semi-claustrophobic piece utilizing the magnetism and likeability of Sandler, but leaving his caricatures and goofiness out of the performance. And coupled with the sheer ingenuity of Director Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia) and a superb cast of supporting players – Emily Watson and Luis Guzman predominately – it’s a sure bet “Punch Drunk” is going to be one of the most unusually tasting beverages you’ve sipped all year.

See Moviehole.net for full review.