The Power of the Dog follow cattle ranching brothers Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons in 1925 Montana, as Plemons marries Kirsten Dunst and brings her and her son to live on the ranch. A true auteur, Jane Campion teases out the ensuing psychological warfare with the most intriguing kind of slow play coolness, resulting in an often brutal drama.
Based on the novel by Thomas Savage, Campion’s version leans less on the story’s romance and more into the fragile masculinity and disdain of a remarkable Benedict Cumberbatch performance. Shot in New Zealand, it’s a gorgeous film as well, utilizing magic hour cinematography and the natural beauty of the director’s home country as a backdrop for some truly ugly human behavior. The wardrobe in the period film is excellent as well, reinforcing the myth and folklore quality of the time.
The Power of the Dog was reviewed by Hanna Flint and edited by Patrick Coughlin. It’s in theaters November 17 with a Netflix release date of December 1.
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“The tank could still fire live rounds” and other tiny little challenges faced while filming the iconic Goldeneye chase scene. It’s 007 James Bond mayhem with Art of the Scene – https://youtu.be/GSKjPka9mYI
Where does homage end and originality begin? Is it sword fights with lots of blood? It’s time to ask Quentin Tarantino about Kill Bill Vol. 1 and the Crazy 88 Fight Scene – https://youtu.be/4XNyA-GLnUk
Drawing pictures is also art. Animating those drawings? Yep, still art. Check out how many Hayao Miyazaki films we can squeeze into the Top 10 Animated Films of all Time! There’s also a super avant garde german stop motion movie that you really have to check out – https://youtu.be/0Y1fVoImuc0