I have now seen Punch-Drunk Love three times, and every time it is a different film – a prism that successively reveals its dark and light facets. From one angle, it is a modern romantic comedy, with generous allusions to the colour palette and giddy, emotional tone of Hollywood musicals. From another angle, it is a disquieting essay on frustration, neurosis, aggression and violence. Ultimately, it is all these things mixed up together, indivisibly.
April 01, 2003