The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog ★★★★½

An incredibly rich film that has only grown on me over the last week since I watched it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a film so precisely capture the way that a certain kind of masculine man will alternate between using their machismo to belittle those they consider lesser and use it as some sort of learned wisdom to be bestowed upon the less fortunately macho-deficient (as someone only a little less scrawny than Kodi Smit-McPhee is in this, I have been on the receiving end of these attitudes a number of times in my life). Excellent performances all around, but especially Cumberbatch, an actor that I’ve never really taken to but is on another level here.

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