My friend told me to tightly swaddle in a blanket before pressing play and they were right. Even knowing the plot, I might have clawed my arms to pieces. Sandler, as Howard, is despicable and compulsively watchable, as is everyone else in the cast, including Tilda’s voice cameo. Brilliant.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A old friend of mine surprised me with a day trip to see this in the only theatre within 100 miles playing it. It was then, and remains now, astonishing. There are images that have remained frozen in my mind, all these years later. It’s not perfect - and some casting choices are super-problematic - but it remains one of the single best adaptations I’ve ever seen in terms of capturing the unique tone and cadence of a writer’s words.…