The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog ★★★★

“Deliver my soul from the sword, my darling from the power of the dog.”
- Psalm 22:20

I was raised on the Bible and have read it at least twice 100 years ago before I lapsed into agnosticism, but I do remember at least half of it being filled with riddles. This particular verse is more of a riddle than the plot thread it represents.

Jane Campion's return to film was unusually immersive for a slow-burn western which I'd attribute to the fantastic performances, cinematography, score and subtly "noir-ish" story. The 127 minute run-time flies by and seems to end almost too abruptly as a character study becomes more of a twisty thriller.

This is a great example of the adage "the whole is greater than the sum of Its parts" and the power of a talented filmmaker.

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