Ben Oliver

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Punch-Drunk Love

I don’t know if there is anything wrong because I don’t know how other people are.
21 January 2018

This is driven by wild energy, like a car drifting in and out of control swinging from one side of the road to the other, but always going forward.

To say this is Adam Sandler’s best film does his performance a disservice, because he seems to be terrible in almost everything he’s ever starred in. Somehow, he’s brilliant here. The film is underpinned by a constant anxiety that simply wouldn’t work without him.

This unlikely romance is a beautiful whirlwind of raw emotion like no other film made before or since. Words don’t do it justice.