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Drama | Romance
Frame Rate:
23.976 fps
English 2.0  
Run Time:
125 min
IMDB Rating:
6.7 / 10 
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Directors: Jane Campion [Director] ,

Movie Description:
Severe, pale-eyed, handsome, Phil Burbank is brutally beguiling. All of Phil's romance, power and fragility is trapped in the past and in the land: He can castrate a bull calf with two swift slashes of his knife; he swims naked in the river, smearing his body with mud. He is a cowboy as raw as his hides. The year is 1925. The Burbank brothers are wealthy ranchers in Montana. At the Red Mill restaurant on their way to market, the brothers meet Rose, the widowed proprietress, and her impressionable son Peter. Phil behaves so cruelly he drives them both to tears, revelling in their hurt and rousing his fellow cowhands to laughter - all except his brother George, who comforts Rose then returns to marry her. As Phil swings between fury and cunning, his taunting of Rose takes an eerie form - he hovers at the edges of her vision, whistling a tune she can no longer play. His mockery of her son is more overt, amplified by the cheering of Phil's cowhand disciples. Then Phil appears to take the boy under his wing. Is this latest gesture a softening that leaves Phil exposed, or a plot twisting further into menace? —Netflix


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It lacks superior and/or critical editing

I would like to add that this would have been an exceptional work if proper attention had been afforded to its editing.

Regretfully this is surprisingly missing, which explains much of the other criticism against the film.

So slow, so boring but, kinda sorta bearable.

Words that come to mind when discussing this movie, slow, boring and dull. The social commentary is also done to death too, white privilege, toxic masculinity intermingling with Brokeback Mountain bromance.

The story goes like this, it's the late 1800s and a toxic white ranger (Cumberbatch) an Alpha-type who hangs with his equally macho cattle range hands who don't like outsiders. Their days are filled with range chores, herding cattle, building fences, etcetera. The range gives Cumberbatch and his mates meaning and purpose nonetheless he is portrayed as the bad guy because he's a bit terse and just wants to be left alone.

That's it.

The Dog isn't very Powerful

To all of the reviewers saying "mysterious and complex" and giving it a high rating... Translation It's a senseless story that leads to no resolve and alienates the viewer. It's not that the viewer isn't smart enough to follow the story, it's that the writer/director has failed to communicate the story. If the written story makes sense then the director failed but if what we see is the actual way the story was written then the writer failed. No matter what happened this is not a good film.

To all of the reviewers saying, "Great acting!" and giving it a high rating... It's not really great acting. Did the actors fill you with joy one moment then move you to tears the next? Did the actors stun you with wisdom did you completely relate to and understand their character? Phil, Rose and Peter all had senseless character changes by the end of the film, there was no explanation as to why and it wasn't revealed at all in the acting.

Considering the hundreds of brilliant filmmakers and brilliant writers out there that will never get a chance to make it to the big screen, that this 'thing' was made instead, is a tragedy.
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