Magnolia ★★★

PTA understands coincidence the way Alanis Morissette understands irony, which is to say, misunderstands. Being interesting is not the same as being deep. Coincidence is interesting, not deep.

While this movie feels like a step back for PTA, I think it helps pave the way for the greatness to come. The tantric runtime allows him to explore and exorcise the melodramatic and adolescent tinted themes that littered his early work. May the power of Christ compel you Paul!

Frustrating and at times brilliant. Some of the performances are scarily good! Unfortunately there’s more frustration than brilliance.

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