Sunday, December 5, 2021

The Power of the Dog - 4 Stars - NETFLIX - December 3, 2021

Director Jane Campion spins a most unusual revenge tale in The Power of the Dog.  Set in the far west in the early 1920's, Benedict Cumberbatch as Phil, runs a massive spread with his brother George, played by Jesse Plemons.  Cumberbatch, once a promising scholar, takes his anger at being called to return to the ranch on anyone he perceives as weak.  When George marries a widow, played by Kirsten Dundst, Phil finds a new victim.  The arrival of the widow's effeminate son (Kodi Smit-McPhee in a brilliant turn) deepens the tension.  And then a series of unexpected twists conspire to knock you out of your seat.  This is not the western you were expecting.