The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog ★★★½

2021’s 209th movie • 76/100
• movies I’ve seen in theaters •

The legendary queer playwright and screenwriter Tennessee Williams once said “A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains”. Jane Campion’s first movie as a director in 12 years perfectly understands this quote.

The Power of the Dog depicts the life of a closeted man who is angry and frustrated about his life and takes his anger out on everyone around him, most specifically his sister-in-law’s son Peter, who has an effeminate manner. The LGBT subject is essencial for the movie’s plot, but the subject is not exactly what the movie is about. It’s so subtle, so tense and so beautiful at the same time. It’s undeniable that this is an amazing body of work, delivered with snarling intensity.

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