The Power of the Dog
While I hate to admit this, I walked out of this film. It was a DOG–no pun intended.
Though I have only walked out of a movie twice in my life, this film left me so profoundly disgusted that I had no choice. It made no difference that it has a legendary director, Jane Campion, and great actors, Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst, among others.
The bottom line is that it is a profoundly boring film. It is tedious beyond words and goes nowhere from beginning to end–not that I saw the conclusion! It takes place in Montana in 1925, and it made me question my love of westerns.
It is ironic that it is praised by critics across the country. A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis of the New York Times pick it as One of the 10 Best Movies of 2021. They left out both Coda and Belfast, so need I say more?
And what is more troubling about both Scott and Dargis is that they included the awful Spencer and The Card Counter in their list of top films. They even added the lackluster Summer of Soul. What on Earth has happened to our talented reviewers?
Put another way, if these are really the best films of this year, then it is no wonder that the theatres are all but empty. So, unless you want to be taken to the edge of cinematic mental torment, leave the “Dog” film to quickly fade away.