The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog ★★★★

Divided into five acts, The Power of the Dog delivers a slow and patient peeling of the surfaces of its characters, particularly Benedict Cumberbatch's Phil, after clearly establishing them.

This latest from the accomplished Jane Campion feels like No Country for Old Men (2007). In this particular sense, because of a type of masculinity being challenged and overcome, bringing doubt to those hanging on to an old philosophy.

Power and societal struggles are ever-present. Despite the wide open spaces, one feels rather trapped in the mountainous setting.

Easy to get unengaged at times. First few acts take their time, before tension takes over.

Great performances. Haunting score from Jonny Greenwood, who seemingly took a page from his own There Will Be Blood sound.


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