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.
Mia Wasikowska (Judy), Damon Herriman (Punch), Kiruna Stamell (Mavis), Benedict Hardie (Derrick), Tom Budge (Mr. Frankly), Jacek Koman (Singer), Eddie Baroo (Nordic Man), Amy Christian (Aileen the Heretic), Virginia Gay (Ma), Daisy Axon (Scotty), Terry Norris (Scaramouche), Don Bridges (The Preacher), Lucy Velik (Polly), Paul Ireland (Ruffian), Gillian Jones (Dr. Goodtime), Michael M. Foster (Pimp), Ben Knight (Ruffian 3), Sue Hill (Bald 16th century prostitute), Alice Ansara (Alice), Ben Knight (Ruffian), Lachlan Martin (Scoot), Brenda Palmer (Maid Maude), Eleanor Howlett (Seaside Prostitute), James Cerche (Townsman (credit only)), Zane Slater (Town Urchin), Xavier Gouault (About Townsman), Joanna Millett (Seaside Prostitute), Felicity Steel (Heretics Camp), Rebecca Makar (Heretic), Lotus Allan (Tank), Kerri Gannan (Potato Seller / townswoman), Summer Dixon (Baby), Adam Pierzchalski (Trumpeter), Tina Currah, Catarina Mil Homens (Ede), Hayden Spencer (Heckling Man), Pablo Quintero (Townsman), David Bowe (Heretic), Richard Ray Jones (Townsman (as Richard Morris Jones)), Lucy Carpenter (Heretics Camp)...
Michele Bennett (producer), Nash Edgerton (producer), Natalie Farrey (executive producer), Danny Gabai (producer), Vincent Landay (executive producer), Eddy Moretti (executive producer), Lucy Punch (executive producer), Tom Punch (executive producer), Michelle Russell (line producer), Jennifer Semler (executive producer)
'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
Damon Herriman and Tom Budge previously appeared in Candy (2006), though they didn't share any scenes together.
4 wins & 23 nominations
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards • Australian Film Critics Association Awards • Australian Production Design Guild Awards • Australian Screen Editors • Casting Guild of Australia Awards • Deauville Film Festival • Mumbai Film Festival • Munich Film Festival • Screen Producers Australia Awards • Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival • Sundance Film Festival • Sydney Film Festival
Judy & Punch ((original title); Australia; Ireland; Spain; UK; USA) • Judy i Punch (Poland) • Джуди и Панч (Russia)
Australia:MA15+ / Ireland:15A / New Zealand:R16 / United Kingdom:15
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