Quick-Thoughts: Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog is one of those movies that really makes you appreciate how intellectually loving and twisted people are towards each other, the kind of subtle grime in all of us that can see manipulation as an expression of tending for others, silent backstabbing as a wholesome compromise, and slight yet mean-spirited actions as a right of self-justice. It’s a film where people get to live beautiful lies for catastrophic exterior reasons, but man oh man do they seem so damn truthful towards the reality of life never being paved from simply discovering objective answers, but rather from accepting our ideal hopes as surface-level truths then and again till the end. I appreciate how the movie also incorporates clear or secluded traits of femininity and masculinity into all of the characters, and how the duality of them aggravate both the conflict and the solutions that they face. Jeez, it makes me want to tear up just thinking about how beautifully human (but also like how GOOD) this film is. Bravo, Campion! 

Verdict: B+

2021 Ranked

“The Power of the Dog” is now available to stream on Netflix.

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