I had the chance to see Punch Drunk Love yesterday. Admittedly, it was the most painful movie I’ve ever seen. At quite a few points I felt an urge to stand up and walk out of the room, and I might have done so had Aaron not been there. This was the first and only movie to ever, ever make me want a happy ending. I figured that if I had to sit through some achingly sad and awkward scenes then I should be rewarded with a satiating denouement. Some scenes were characteristically Anderson, such as the hand-held shot taken with Barry peeking around a corner, or the slow, wispy grunts of the occupants of a car as it spins from a collision. I particularly liked a door mounted camera shot which ends off in a shudder as the door swings shut. It felt like Anderson was experimenting with this film, placing less emphasis on relational development and more on character development. I wouldn’t completely agree that Sandler has broken out of his typecast, since his old Waterboy characters were simply slightly tweaked for this movie. He was the right person for the role though, and casting made a good call with him and Emily Watson. On the whole, the movie was enjoyable, but I’m not sure if I’d be able to sit through it again.