Director: Jane Campion
Writer/s: Jane Campion, Thomas Savage,
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jesse Plemons, Kirsten Dunst, and more.
Here is a sneaky one for you. From my conversations with friends, “The Power of the Dog” is a film and one of the Best Picture nominees that not many have identified or really have had the urge to press play on. To be honest, I can understand why, as it is quite a niche film. So let’s see if I can entice you at all.
“Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.”
Bring on the conflict!!! Listen, I can sit here and greatly admire as well as respect “The Power of the Dog.” The performances are exceptional, especially from Benedict Cumberbatch (who would’ve guessed), the story is layered and has so much depth to it, and the style of the film is undeniable. However, this one just did not resonate with me deep down. I found myself bored at times and wading in the water. I feel this film is one I can respect, but it won’t be one I’d care much to talk about as well as even remember.
Really quick, I’d also like to bring attention to the cast. This is one hell of an ensemble and I can’t ignore that. Cumberbatch, Dunst, Plemons, Smit-McPhee, the whole works. They kill their roles and honestly deserve the accolades accommodating them.
Maybe it was the slow-drawn dramatic western style of it all. Maybe it was the forced theme. Who knows? I cannot and will not say that this is a dud. Its quality is undeniable and deserves the reputation it is gathering. As far as the Oscar Race goes, I would never clump it together with titles like “The Shape of Water” and “Phantom Thread,” where I straight up did not like the films. “The Power of the Dog” just did not phone home to me and that’s as easy as I can chalk it up to be. Definitely worth a watch for those that enjoy the slow grit drama.
Edited by Erica McNatt
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