I’m a particular fan of films that are adapted from books. In fact, I’m a huge fan of books myself. And I’m sure many of my readers are too. That’s what really makes them avid readers. And when our favorite stories get adapted into movies, it is another level of happiness. At least it is for me. It is because the way that the authors describe everything in their books simply doesn’t happen in movies. At least not in movies that aren’t based off of books. There is a certain sense of imagination perspective that goes into reading and writing a story, and that is what makes it so beautiful. It is a fact that each person who reads the story will have a different picture in their mind with a different vision. And when these books are adapted into movies, it really brings into play the vision that the director has for the movie. And that is why I’m so excited for Jane Campion‘s new project, The Power of the Dog.
The Power of the Dog is based on Thomas Savage’s book with the same name, and directed by Jane Campion. Now these are names that you might not have heard before, but you need to. They are big names in the industry, with Thomas Savage being a renowned novelist and Jane Campion an Oscar winning director. To put things into perspective, back in 1993, Jane Campion won the Oscar for best original screenplay for her film, the Piano. It was a revolutionary film and changed how the world saw her forever.
And now, Jane Campion is back to reclaim her place in the industry with the Power of the Dog. Joining her in this venture is famous actor Benedict Cumberbatch, best known for his roles as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC drama, as well as his role in the MCU as Doctor Stranger. Cumberbatch is quite a talented actor and he is in the lead here, inspiring a lot of confidence in the movie. Joining Cumberbatch is famous actress Kirsten Dunst, who adds beauty to the film with her graceful acting and elegant charm.
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The Power of The Dog: About the Movie
Talking about the movie, The Power of the Dog is an old school movie with a very romantic but very serious theme. It is not the sort of movie that you can expect from new age directors and writers. It just isn’t. It is a raw story of a troubled man with ensnaring charms and vicious thorns that just isn’t the territory of most movies and shows today.
In fact, the movie is very inspired and director Jane Campion went to great lengths to ensure the authenticity of the film. She even went to the location that Thomas Savage described in his novel, and tried to find the supposed Dog that he so passionately talks about. She sure had trouble finding it, and when she did eventually find it, it turned out that they couldn’t shoot the movie there. The place simply wasn’t as enchanting as Thomas had described in his book.
Benedict Cumberbatch, too, is giving the movie his all. Cumberbatch plays the role of Phil, the main character in the story, who gets together with a widow and her son, and chaos ensues. It is quite a riveting story, with a lot of twists that will leave you wondering what the motivations of each character is. In fact, Cumberbatch spent a lot of time trying to understand the role that he was about to play. It was something that was different than anything that he had ever played before, and was quite a fresh experience for him.
Cumberbatch said, “This was certainly a different texture of character than I’ve played before, but Jane gave me a long runway to really get Phil, to let him in, to understand him, be with him, think like him, move like him, talk like him.”
The duo also have been hitting it off, with Cumberbatch praising Campion for her artful work and passion and devotion towards her work.
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The Power of the Dog: Release Date
The Power of the Dog has been on the tables for some time now, with COVID restrictions generally playing havoc on the release timeline of the movie. But we finally have a release date for the movie. Netflix has announced the release date for the movie to be November 17, 2021. That is not that much farther away, and I’m sure fans of the novel will be quite patient when it comes to this one. I’m certainly excited about it, and I really look forward to it.
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The Power of the Dog: Final Words
The Power of the Dog seems like one of the most promising movies of 2021. With Jane Campion at the helm and Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, the expectations for the movie are pretty high. And I am waiting for it with a lot of hope. So it is going to be interesting to see how Thomas Savage’s novel turns out to be on the big screen.
The trailer for the movie was recently revealed in the form of a teaser. You may check it out below:
Fans are going crazy over this one, and so ratings are expected to be pretty top notch and the response quite positive. It remains to be seen how it does in the real world scenario.
What do you think about the movie? Are you excited for it? Have you read the original story? What are your expectations? Let me know in the comments down below.
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