Judy & Punch – Dramedy
Category – Movie
Content – This 17th century movie encompasses Judy and Punch, a couple of puppeteers. As Judy is the doting wife and assistant, Punch is the scruffy con man that will do anything to rise to success. I’ve seen a puppet show in one movie, The Sound of Music, which had signing and dancing goats. Punch’s show was a bit different, as he likes his puppets to “punch” each other. It is a violent and degrading puppet show, but the audience in the 17th century seemed to enjoy it. Off stage, we learn very quickly that Punch has a bit of a drinking problem, OK – he is a full blown alcoholic that becomes enraged with drinking. One day, when Judy goes to the stage to get work done, Punch decides to drink his day away while watching the couple’s young daughter. The movie takes a dramatic turn when the daughter goes flying out a window! And when Judy comes home, and Punch has burned the deceased infant, his drunken rage turns to her. He beats her to death and buries her body in the woods. As he revered in this town, when he blames an old couple for the death of his daughter and wife, the town immediately believe him and the couple is set to be hanged. But, unbeknownst to Punch, Judy survives and is found by a band of witches, who care for her. Since Judy knows the truth behind Punch’s actions, she springs into action before the couple is hanged for crimes they did not commit. While there is some comedic aspects to this film, it is more demented in many ways. Not at all what I thought this puppeteer movie was going to be. There are many scenes with Punch that are drunken, over the top violence and it does get a little old at times. So, in the end, you can do nothing but HOPE this narcissist gets what is coming to him! This scores a 5 out of 10.
Acting – Mia Wasikowska plays Judy, and her veteran status of acting shows. She is flawless at being a wife and nearly killed woman. And Damon Herriman, the narcissistic puppeteer does an amazing job. His acting is phenomenal and on point. Although the movie is pretty demented in many ways, these two actors performances are top notch. Score is 8 out of 10.
Duration – 1 hr 45 min. Because the movie focuses on this scruffy con man (that you quickly dislike), the movie is a tad long. Maybe a couple of the drunken scenes could have been left out? This gets a 6 out of 10.
TOTAL INDEX for Judy & Punch – 19 out of 30
Recommended Watch – Well, while the acting is good, I could have passed on this one and life would have been ok. It turned out a bit dark for my liking. But lots of people like that dark comedy, demented type of film!