At the Movies ‘The Power of the Dog’ review

  • Diirector: Jane Campion
  • With: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kirsten Dunst, Frances Conrou, Kodi Smit-McPhee
  • Based upon the book by Thomas Savage
  • Music by: Johnny Greenwood
  • Platform: Netflix
  • My rating: 6/10
  • Mid-or post-credit scene: no


Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.


So, I watched this movie on Netflix last weekend (actually started the weekend before that but wasn’t in the right mind for it so we watched it in two parts) and I was completely, utterly, enormously… underwhelmed… seriously!

I had seen other stuff Campion made before so I was aware she’s a storyteller and does this in a very slow and good way but it just didn’t work for me with this movie!

Slow, dragging and not a big story to tell… (I do plan on reading the book on which it was based but I hope it’s better than the adaptation) and to be honest, most actors just didn’t really play all that well…

I expected Dunst to shine but she’s just a mess in this one. Plemons, absent for a big part of the movie, plays Dunst’s husband and that’s it. The only two actors having a great role don’t even shine either. Cumberbatch as a bad guy… naah, it doesn’t add up. Kodi Smit-McPhee was actually the best actor in this movie. He brought the only talent…

This is not a great movie, unfortunately. And I understand why it did not win best picture at the Oscars. An easy-to-forget movie, is what I call it.

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