You may need to sit down to hear this, but... Adam Sandler actually gives a good performance in this movie. No, actually Adam Sandler gives a sensational performance in this movie. I feel like crying when I see Adam Sandler do dramas. Not because he's terrible in them, but because he's amazing in them. He's beyond capable of being a good actor, yet he wastes his time doing rubbish like Grown Ups or Blended, the second of which I never intend on watching. Ever. In my life. Unless, of course, it's a matter of life or death. Adam Sandler doesn't just suit the role of Barry, he is Barry, well I don't have confirmation of the mental illness aspect, but just go along with it. Again. He brings this character to life, and because of how Paul Thomas Anderson-y this film is, he even gets more than a few chances at boasting off his comedic charm, which is always lost in his actual comedies.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman's role, although brief, was utterly brilliant. His famous "Shut up! Shut-shut-shut-shut up!" speech a stand out, Hoffman is masterful. He suits the role, much like Sandler does with his, and his character is just as violent, if not more violent than Barry. They've both got a temper and this temper, when confronting each other, just bursts from the screen. There's a conversation the two have towards the end of the film, the contents of which I will not spoil, that has the two just bumping off of each other, attempting not to show awareness of how damn entertaining their scenes are. Somehow, they pull it off, and these scenes turn into some of the best scenes in the film.
Paul Thomas Anderson directs this film with magnificence. Seeings as how I'm reviewing his entire filmography in the coming months it makes sense that I should discuss his quality of directing. I won't compare it to any of his other films as I haven't honestly seen too many of them, but in Punch-Drunk-Love it is, like most things in this film are, superb. The shots, the pacing, everything. It's all amazing, making this yet another brilliant film from a brilliant director.