‘The Power of the Dog’ (2021). A Wonder by Jane Campion on Netflix. Review

The Power of the Dog
The Power of the Dog (2021)

The Power of the Dog is a film by Jane Campion (The Piano) starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Brexit), Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst.



In the New Zealand of the early 20th century, two brothers own a large ranch. On one of their cattle drives, one of them meets a woman whom he marries, whereupon the relationship of the two brothers deteriorates.

The Power of the Dog (2021)
The Power of the Dog (2021)

The Movie. Review

A brilliant film whose game goes from pretending to deceive us and seeming like a genre film to find its style within the archetypes of the characters locked in its frames (yes, it deserves a whole explanation).

Jane Campion begins by playing tricks on us with a western and continues in the Upton Sinclair style, just to return to the footprints of The Piano. Then, he hits a Clint Eastwood-style character and poses a whole meta-cinematic game to return to the literary (once again in his brilliant career). Finally, he achieves that personal style that many seek, few find and that, after all, makes you a true “author” in whatever artistic field.

It is dark, different and flickers between cruelty and sensitivity. It is built on extremes and on deceptions and appearances, on a hypnotic rhythm, apart from the rest.

It is, in a single word: special.

When you produce that much, not all of them can be masterpieces (obviously this goes for Netflix). But this movie takes up the cudgels for the streaming giant and redeems it this Christmas.

The Power of the Dog (2021)
The Power of the Dog (2021)

Our Opinion

Brilliant, different, full of ideas and concepts. A game between light and darkness.

The Cast

Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch. Depostiphotos

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch was born on July 19, 1976 in Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

Benedict Cumberbatch is a British actor known for his roles in The Power of the Dog (2021), The Imitation Game (2014) and the TV series Sherlock.

He is also the Doctor Strange in the Marvel franchise.

His last film is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022).

Movie Reviews

“‘The Power Of The Dog’ is the most gorgeous-looking Western set in the early 20th century since ‘Days Of Heaven’ 43 years ago (…) A serious, ambitious, living and breathing work” Todd McCarthy: Deadline

“It’s cinematic poetry, if there ever was one, bourgeoning in meaning the more you linger in its shadow.” Tomris Laffly: The Playlist

Release Date

December 1, 2021.

Where to Watch

On Netflix.


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Movie title: The Power of the Dog

Movie description: A domineering but charismatic rancher wages a war of intimidation on his brother's new wife and her teen son, until long-hidden secrets come to light.

Date published: January 22, 2022

Country: Australia

Duration: 128 mins

Director(s): Jane Campion

Writer(s): Jane Campion

Cinematography: Ari Wegner

Music: Jonny Greenwood

Actor(s): Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kirsten Dunst, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Thomasin McKenzie, Frances Conroy

Genre: Drama

Companies: See-Saw Films, Cross City Films, Max Films Productions, BBC Film, Brightstar Films, New Zealand Film Commission, Netflix

Our Opinion

Brilliant, different, full of ideas and concepts. A game between light and darkness.



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