The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog ★★★★

… He was particular on that.

For a world so hellbent on seeing change in terms of innovation, it is truly a marvel how savagely some cling to the traditions of masculinity and femininity. Such a bizarre juxtaposition proves to be, in my eyes, the crux of what makes The Power of the Dog such a magnificently poignant watch.

Masculinity so volatile and enormously present it’s impossible to step out of its shadow. A weight to it that means its anxiety induction is contagious, turning your stomach to a rolling sea and the beat of your heart to rise every time a brief moment of vulnerability slips through. 

Masked in violent actions and words alike, I’m always floored by how a world dominated in raging, loud masculinity can be just as quietly sensual. The aura of hearts cold as stone only goes so far. The grip of a hand upon another’s elbow. A memento lightly dragged across the skin. A look that spans a lifetime in a matter of seconds. Perhaps it’s that when the sky is that open and the planes so far stretching, those imaginary lines drawn in the sand vanish in the grand scale of things. Nature is inherently rooted in universal cohesion. The duality of human culture vs nature’s virtues leads us to a tender place. Tender in its softness and tender in its sting. A bruise of sorts. A dog that licks as much as it bites. The dog is auspicious. The dog is guardedly aware. The dog is skittishly ready to take flight, no, maybe ready to fight. Perhaps both.

Beautiful, hypnotic, infused with so many quiet moments screaming with meaning. Jane Campion works on a level above the average filmmaker.  

He made flowers from paper to replace the ones that withered and for just a moment, his mark became more permanent upon the earth.

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