The Power of the Dog (2021)


“Bronco Henry told me that a man was made by patience in the odds against him.” – Phil

Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – In 1920’s Montana a woman and her son come to live with a rancher who’s brother doesn’t take a liking to their new guests.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for a while due to the way that some of the performances here have been touted as Award worthy.

Benedict Cumberbatch once again truly shows how great and actor he can be with this role, especially given the fact that his character is very unlikable to the audience.

The film moves along at too slow a pace and that hurts things far too much because despite trying to use that slow burn in order to develop the characters, the viewer just wants things to move in a direction where something actually happens.

The cast is great with Jesse Plemons, Kirstin Dunst, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Keith Carradine all adding much to their characters.

Unfortunately, it takes nearly two hours for things to start falling in place and that is too long of a distance for the viewer to wait patiently for especially since the film is 130 minutes long.

The film does have a nice payoff towards the end, but the build up to that point just isn’t worth the journey.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film was invited to premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival in an out of competition slot, due to regulations relating to theatrical releases in France. But, even as a solely streaming platform, Netflix refused to premiere out of competition, and the film was withheld. Instead, the film premiered in competition at the 2021 Venice Film Festival.  (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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