Found myself a bit low today
So I've kicked myself up by the proverbials and have taken myself to Chester.
The antibiotics have made me feel nauseated all week and strange as it seems the only thing I feel like eating is avocado on toast.
So it's a visit to the Jaunty Goat Cafe and an afternoon showing of Power of The Dog.
I will review the movie later
The Power Of The Dog is Jane Campion’s first film in well over a decade.
It’s an interesting piece.
Beautifully shot in New Zealand (doubling for 1920s Montana) it’s a brooding, tension filled but unhurried drama which explores themes of loneliness, isolation, jealousy, obsession and anger in between members of a dysfunctional and blended ranch family living in a dilapidated , cold mansion in the middle of no where.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays an angry, brutal but intelligent ranch man who lives in the past when he enjoyed a manly old west life with an idolised ranch hand Bronco Henry.His quiet passive brother George( Jesse Plemons) ,tired of this bleak lonely existence finds solace with a gentle local widow Rose ( Kirsten Dunst) who he marries and brings back to the family home.
And then the story really cranks up as the bitter, pained brother embarks on a psychological war against the woman who he perceives has come between him and his old life and relationships .
Having said this, the story is so much more than a two ( then three) handed power struggle, for Campion adds to the mix the brother’ odd relationship with their mostly absent and passive parents, a back story of Phil’s homosexual relationship/ obsession with Bronco Henry and the sudden introduction of Rose’s effeminate possibly autistic son Peter (Kodi Smit McPhee) who isn’t quite what he seems
This is a beautiful film to look at. With a sense of decay and sadness in almost every scene .
Dunst is fabulous as the simple and gentle Rose who can break your heart just with the lost look of a woman who is completely out of her depth, but really the film is totally Cumberbatch’s as he totally captures the blind jealousy and loss of a man haunted by grief and obsession .