Magnolia ★★★★★

Without a doubt, "Magnolia" is flawed. It has too many stories, and often feels a bit... overstuffed.

But too much of a good thing can still be a very, very good thing.

There are scenes of such genius and bravado that allow us to easily overlook any shortcomings in Paul Thomas Anderson's semi-masterpiece about people "trying to do the right thing every day."

Take the first twenty minutes, for example. It's a masterful prologue, introducing all of the characters in the film and allowing us to get under their skins right away. And the frogs! Seriously, what other filmmaker would have the audacity to pull off something like that?

P.T. Anderson is a brave, gifted man, and I hope he will be making films for the rest of his life.

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