Punch-Drunk Love

Punch-Drunk Love

Forty minutes in, a part of me tells me it’s a terrible movie, some other part of me says come on we don’t know that, yet. Why the mixed feeling? Because Anderson leaves clues, creates suspense, but to no avail: Barry keeps ducking and hiding himself behind walls, a harmonium is left out in the street, an accident takes place, all this to create unknown tension and mystery, but actually nothing is going on. In that sense somehow I felt played as an audience, I felt like I was made to believe movie was more than it actually was. The introduction we get into his psyche is poor and uneducated, he smashes stuff and cries abruptly, somehow that’s enough for us to know he has problems, and we should leave it at that. Looks like Anderson just threw stuff out there, hoping it’d work, well, it doesn’t. I didn’t like anything about this movie, there was nothing smart or funny about it; the bits where he carries phones for miles is another lame attempt at comedy or whatever. At times, the music was so disturbing that I got distracted and just wanted it to stop, that never happened to me before.

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