Netflix has released the full trailer for director Jane Campion‘s new gritty western romance movie The Power of the Dog. The movie comes along with an amazing cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Thomasin McKenzie, Frances Conroy, Keith Carradine, Peter Carroll, and Adam Beach.
The film is based on the novel by Thomas Savage, and the story follows a charismatic rancher named Phil Burbank, who sparks fear and awe in everyone around him. When his brother took a new wife and her son home, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the likelihood of love. This looks like a brilliant movie for sure, I love the cast and the movie also tells a mesmerizing story packed with interesting characters, and the locations in the movie are gorgeous.
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, reveling 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?
The Power of the Dog will be released in select US theaters on November 17th, 2021, and will start streaming on Netflix on December 1st.