The Power of the Dog

A stiff shot of pure cinema
Transmission Films
by
ABR Arts 15 November 2021

The Power of the Dog

A stiff shot of pure cinema
Transmission Films
by
ABR Arts 15 November 2021
Benedict Cumberbatch as Phil Burbank in The Power of the Dog (photograph by Kirsty Griffin/Netflix)
Benedict Cumberbatch as Phil Burbank in The Power of the Dog (photograph by Kirsty Griffin/Netflix)

After eighteen months of wayward blockbusters and couch-ready, pandemical streaming entertainment, Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog arrives like a stiff shot of pure cinema. Adapted from Thomas Savage’s 1967 book of the same name, Campion’s film offers no quick thrills, no easy answers, no simple heroes, and no mercy for its inhabitants. It’s a rare beast in an industry increasingly split between shoestring-budget genre films and $200 million franchise toppers; a quintessential adult drama.

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Comment (1)

  • Well written. Will watch!
    Posted by Joel Beath
    15 November 2021

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