[Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for The Power of the Dog.]One of the best movies I’ve seen this year is the writer and director Jane Campion’s The power of the dog. Loaded with great performances (especially Benedict Cumberbatch), a surprising score by Jonny Greenwood, the beautiful cinematography of Ari Wegner, and excellently directed by Campion, I can’t recommend this movie enough – especially if you like slow-motion stories.
If you are not familiar with The power of the dog, it is based on the hit 1967 novel by Thomas Savage, and takes place on a cattle ranch in Montana in 1925. The film follows Phil and George (Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons), two wealthy Montana ranchers whose brotherly relationship is tested when George marries widowed Rose (Kirsten Dunst). Rose and her son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) moves in with the brothers, and while George and Rose are happily together, Phil begins to agonize over Rose’s feelings, driving her out drinking and causing problems in the house. At the same time, Phil is very nice and supportive of Rose’s son, encouraging him to ride horses and overcome rough terrain, leading to further emotional tension with Rose and problems in the house. The power of the dog also stars Thomasin McKenzie, Frances Conroy, Keith Carradine, Peter Carroll, and Adam’s Beach.
While it may sound like something you’ve seen before, it’s not. Much of this movie is going hot under the surface, and Campion’s has created something really special with her latest film.
Immediately after seeing the movie, I spoke with Kodi Smit-McPhee. He talked about working with Benedict Cumberbatch when he was so dedicated to his role, the character exercises Jane Campion let him do, the tight jeans his character wore. must wear, and his thoughts on the end of the movie and if he thinks about Peter actually having feelings for Phil.
See what he has to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about then the official recap. The power of the dog currently streaming on Netflix.
- How did the movie with a limited screen time feel like reading the script for the first time?
- How does it feel to work with Benedict Cumberbatch when he is so dedicated to his role?
- Jane Campion likes to let her actors do character exercises, so what did she ask him to do?
- What day did he get tired of wearing jeans?
- Does he think Peter actually has feelings for Phil at the end of the movie?
Here is the official summary:
Serious, pale-eyed, handsome Phil Burbank is brutally charming. All of Phil’s romance, power, and fragility are trapped in the past and on land: He can castrate a bull with two swift strokes of his knife; he swam naked in the river, smearing his body with mud. He is a cowboy as raw as his skin.
The year was 1925. The Burbank brothers were wealthy ranchers in Montana. At the Red Mill restaurant on the way to the market, the two brothers meet Rose, the widowed owner, and her lovely son Peter.
Phil behaves so cruelly that it brings them both to tears, enjoys their hurt, and makes his co-workers laugh – all but his brother George, who comforts Rose then backtracks on the ending. kiss her. As Phil swings between fury and cunning, his mocking of Rose turns eerie – he hovers at the edge of her field of vision, whistling a tune she can no longer play. His mockery of her son is more overt, amplified by the cheers of Phil’s high-handed disciples. Then Phil appeared to take the boy under his wing. Is this latest gesture a softening that exposes Phil, or a plot that delves deeper into intimidation?
They also revealed some of the content Campion removed in the edit and how it changed the movie.
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https://collider.com/kodi-smit-mcphee-power-of-the-dog-ending-interview/ Kodi Smit-McPhee on dog power and his thoughts on the end