Magnolia ★★★★★

Film students and critics love to make a big deal about the "showy" moments in this movie. They go on about the long takes, the prologue, the hidden 82s, the narration, the sing-a-long and the frogs. It's kind of hard not to. And with an epic run-time of 188 minutes, there is no shortage of "showy" acting as well. Not a single moment comes easy. People hurt and people get hurt. Every single character is an exposed raw nerve. So yeah, there is a lot to chew on in this film both emotionally and aesthetically. But I think what brings people back again and again is actually something rather simple. They just like the reassuring message that no matter how bad things get, the rain will eventually stop...when you wise up.

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