Short Cuts

Short Cuts ★★★★

In my mind this will always be Magnolia Jr. in the way it has an identical structure, shares actors, and even shares a few plot points, and that definitely does hold up on a rewatch. That said, that comparison does Robert Altman a disservice because this is such a big, messy, special movie. He maybe takes on too many Carver stories to adapt here—it’s crowded even at 3+ hours—but all the messiness and scope of the story makes it feel like a whole lived in world, and if it doesn’t have the earth-shaking emotional resonance of Magnolia it still powerfully ties up, like, seven different plot threads in fifteen minutes during the finale. Underrated and among Altman’s best for me!! Rest In Peace Robert Downey Jr. taking actual interesting dramatic roles.

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