Hello, My Movievaures! I hope you had a good start to the week. It’s Wednesday 15th: middle of the week and middle of the month. I’m preparing myself for the various releases of this end of the year, but in the meantime, I wanted to write about some movies that I had the chance to watch in the last couple of weeks without having the time to write a dedicated article on them:
- The Power of the Dog
This western drama released on Netflix was quite a surprise to me. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst, this movie was nothing I expected it to be, but in the right way. This psychological drama takes place in the early 1920s in the United States. A successful rancher (Phil Burbank – aka BC) inspiring fear all around decides to harass his brother’s new wife and his son (from another father), tormenting them while hiding a deep secret.
Cumberbatch’s performance is absolutely stunning. The war of intimidation he puts in place against these new strangers is just the reflection of profound unhappiness and disturbance. The abuse he once lived, confusing it with attachment, impacts the way he interacts with others. His toxic view of masculinity, mixed with the precepts of his time creates a schema of suffering that makes him become the victim of this sad and dark story.
- The Last Duel
This movie was actually released in theatres earlier in the year (October 13th in France) and I wanted to go and see it for a while, but didn’t have the time before this month. I would admit that the main cast was the main reason why I was keen to see The Last duel. Even though there is indeed an amazing performance from all the actors, special praise to Jodie Comer and Adam Driver, the storyline was of greatness.
This movie, based on a true story, is set in XIV century France. It centers around three main characters: Jean de Carrouge (Matt Damon), his wife Marguerite (Jodie Comer), and Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver) as we experience their own versions of the truth on the events that lead both Jean and Jacques to their last duel, for which Margeurite’s life and reputation are at stake. The idea of seeing the same story through three different perspectives is amazing and says a lot about egos and subjectivity.
I hope you enjoyed this article. Let me know in the comments down below if you’ve watched one or both of these movies. Also, follow me on Instagram for more news and the latest reviews. I’ll be back soon with many articles on the most expected movies and shows of the year! December is a very busy month!