The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog ★★★★

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jane campion really knows how to get me invested in a story that I would otherwise never care about. like ffs, this is a western and I can’t give it anything less than a 4. maybe it’s because it’s so unlike every other classic western, without all the recurring tropes? I wasn’t feeling benedict cumberbatch’s acting at the start but then I understood what he was going for - and maybe I was just conflating my hatred for the character with the actor’s performance - so yeah he wasn’t bad at all. I know it’s not at the crux of the plot or anything but I actually almost cried when george walked away and started crying after rose tried to teach him some dancing.. “I wanted to say how nice it is not to be alone” that shit broke me for some reason lol. there’s also this one shot towards the end of kodi smit-mcphee standing in front of a non-functioning fountain which is just glorious. I don’t know why it’s so pleasing to look at. overall I’m not particularly amused by the plot or anything, it’s just these little things about this film that make me enjoy it. not that it’s a competition or anything, but I still don’t think this tops the piano but who knows, I might change my mind on a second watch

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