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The Power of the Dog – New 2021 Movie Recommendation

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The Power of the Dog – Introduction

At Spotamovie, we reviewed incredible movies in 2021: MalikJai BhimMimiLuca, to mention some. But with “The Power of the Dog”, we are going a step forward. And not because the story is more interesting than the ones previously mentioned, but because the director Jane Campion delivered a perfect movie, where cinematography, photography and music are the perfect frames for this masterpiece. 

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Peter and the ranch.

It’s not only our perception because the movie already received 99 awards and 134 nominations. For example, The Power of the Dog is in nomination at the 2022 Golden Globe as:

  • Best Motion Picture – Drama;
  • (Benedict Cumberbatch) -Best Performance by an actor;
  • (Kodi Smit-McPhee)Best Performance by an actor in supporting role;
  • Best Performance by an actress in supporting role (Kirsten Dunst);
  • (Jane Campion) – Best Director and Best Screenplay;
  • Best Original Score (Jonny Greenwood);

You can easily understand that we are talking about a nice piece of art. So, let us guide you through this movie because we think that The Power of the Dog will bring home more than one award at the Golden Globe.

Past Shadows – Details about the movie

Release DateDecember 2021 in the U.S.A.
CountryUnited KingdomUnited States
GenreDrama – Romance – Western – Crime
Duration2 hours and 6 minutes
DirectorJane Campion
ActorsBenedict Cumberbatch (Phil) – Kirsten Dunst (Rose) – Kodi Smit-McPhee (Peter)

The Power of the Dog – The Story

The Power of the Dog, a book written by Thomas Savage in 1967, inspires the film. It’s not your typical western. No guns are involved, but something more complex and psychological. Located in Montana in 1925, two wealthy and different brothers, George and Phil, own a ranch.

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Cinematography is incredible.

Their lives change when they meet Rose, a widow, mum to Peter, a delicate but intelligent guy. Different personalities and interests generate a hostile environment for all of our characters. After the chaos, the dreamed balance may rise again, but, first, the story will become intense, engaging and exhausting.

  • What will happen between them?
  • Why George and Phil are different?
  • And what is The Power of the Dog?

It’s a complex film, full of symbolism, metaphors and psychology. It’s well-directed, excellently performed by the whole cast. And it’s not a case that, as we mentioned above, Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst are in nominations as best actors at the Golden Globe 2022.

The Power of the Dog – Trailer

The Power of the Dog | Official Trailer | Netflix

Why you should watch The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog is an authentic masterpiece. Don’t judge the movie quickly. Instead, take the time to understand it, and let us help you with our detailed movie’s analysis. Then you will love it and appreciate it.

It’s a story of masks, masculinities and fragilities; it’s a movie of bullies, delicate souls and brilliant but dangerous minds. Relationships and a hidden need for love guide the whole tale. Alcoholism, brutality and an ambiguous mystery transform the film into something full of anxiety, depression and desire for justice.

  • But the real question is, what is justice?
  • And what’s the way to achieve it?
  • Nothing is what it seems.

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Where you can watch The Power of the Dog

The movie is currently available on Netflix, but check this link to see where you can watch it in your country.

Have you watched the movie yet? (Spoiler Alert)

If you already watched The Power of the Dog, then enjoy our explanation and analysis. We have a couple of interesting insights that we want to share with you, so that you can enjoy and appreciate the most of this masterpiece.

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