The Power Of The Dog

Enigmatic, dense, endlessly surprising, Campion's rendering of Savage's 1967 novel requires time to absorb and digest, and in that very quality it exhibits its excellence and extraordinary depth. In lesser hands, with this sort of tale, we might have been served a dry cinematic essay on toxic masculinity. In turn, we were gifted with a poetic, slow-burning, merciless narration on how evil nests in a dissatisfied, selfish soul, breaking its humanity, reducing it to a performative shell, which then seeks to destroy and diminish all that is beautiful, vibrant, and good in its midst. For the sheer pleasure of feeding off another's suffering, as it has no joy of its own. A long-awaited return to cinema of one of its greats. [read more] ★★★★★


Kristen Stewart‘s great capacity of completely inhabiting a character while remaining unchanged fits the narrative like a white silken glove. As Diana, she entirely embodies the fiercely independent soul submerged deeply into the archetypal, a place where she is thereby forever chained to all the other souls acting as vessels to a national storyline. Poetic, mysterious, and subversively cathartic, this cinematic miracle unequivocally makes clear to all watching why Diana mattered so much, to so many. It has something to do with love. [read more] ★★★★★

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