paul thomas anderson's punch-drunk love sheds a whole new light on adam sandler as an actor. it goes to show that with the right script and a great director, adam sandler can act, and act well. in this film sandler reveals depths and tones in his performance that i never knew he was capable of. the interesting thing was his character wasn't even that different from his typical sandler role. he plays a lonely, unstable man with anger issues, but without the crude idiotic behavior. this time he is more real and relatable. lovable even.
"i didn't do anything. i'm a nice man. i mind my own business. so you tell me 'that's that' before i beat the hell from you. i have so much strength in me you have no idea. i have a love in my life. it makes me stronger than anything you can imagine. i would say 'that's that', mattress man."
just like other p.t. anderson films, you never know what is going to happen next. it's so refreshing, liberating, even. the relationship between the characters, the plot...everything is totally up in the air, but it's not like you're confused at any point. you see that, no matter how unpredictable or unexpected things are, everything has a purpose. nothing is random.