Judy & Punch
- 1h 45m
Seaside (nowhere near the sea), puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show in an an anarchic town on the brink of mob rule.Seaside (nowhere near the sea), puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show in an an anarchic town on the brink of mob rule.Seaside (nowhere near the sea), puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show in an an anarchic town on the brink of mob rule.
That's almost the way to do it.
'Judy & Punch (2019)' is a reimagining of the long-standing, problematic 'Punch and Judy' puppet show, ostensibly from Judy's perspective. The concept is, I suppose, rather interesting; it's a feminine (no rape) revenge movie with the possibility of pointing out its source-material's numerous narrative flaws. Sadly, the piece never quite seems sure what it wants to be, delivering on the set-up but struggling through the pay-off. Its tone fluctuates wildly; it's unsure if it wants to be humorous or horrific. It's quirky, for sure. One of the main problems is just how much time we spend with Punch. The flick clearly wants to be Judy's story, empowering and unconventional; it ends up relegating her to the sidelines for quite a while, though. It doesn't live up to its potential, especially in this regard. Basically, the thing just never clicks. It feels rather awkward, in a way, and it's somewhat lacking in confidence. It isn't all that engaging, really. It also isn't particularly affecting and, frankly, it ought to be. Still, it isn't without its merits. Its conceit is, as I mentioned, intriguing and its message is solid. It's also reasonably entertaining, never even threatening to become dull. It's generally well-made and makes some distinct decisions, standing out from its peers in several aspects. It's a decent film, don't get me wrong; it's just not a great one. It doesn't quite connect the way it should and, ultimately, that's what lets it down. It still beats the puppets, though. 6/10
- Nov 23, 2019
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