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I have never seen a better movie than "Magnolia",
This review is from: Magnolia (New Line Platinum Series) (DVD)
There are scenes, and lines, in Magnolia that will stay with me for the rest of my life. The narrator saying periodically "And the book says, we may be through with the past, but the past ain't through with us." Aimee Mann singing "Wise Up" and "Save Me". Policeman Jim Kurring saying "Sometimes people need a little help. Sometimes people need to be forgiven. And sometimes they need to go to jail. But if you can forgive someone, well, that's the tough part. What can we forgive? Tough part of the job. Tough part of walking down the street." This is the most deeply human movie I have ever experienced.
If you can appreciate that a movie can touch your heart, can be something more than just simple entertainment, and can actually say something both simple and profound about the human condition, then you will love Magnolia. It is not easy watching. It is at turns foul-mouthed, confused, chaotic, irrational, depressing, uplifting, unrealistic, too realistic, unpredictable, heavily symbolic, violent, and unflinchingly, gut-wrenchingly honest in its portrayal of damaged characters trying to make sense of the wreckage of their lives. And yet, through all of this there is a beacon of hope and redemption that shines through, and most of the characters do find the strength to carry on. Watching Magnolia is like having an entire lifetime's worth of powerful emotions crammed into a three hour movie. If you have an open mind, and an open heart, you must see this movie. I have a hard time imagining how anyone will ever be able to make a better one.
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Initial post: Sep 30, 2010 9:52:57 PM PDT
Barbara Stirling says:
It's hard to find the right words for a movie this powerful. The line you wrote about this film being the most deeply human movie you have ever experienced was about the best description a thoughtful reviewer can give. I have noted your name and look forward to reading your other reviews.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2010 10:19:35 PM PDT
Michael Vanier says:
Barbara, thanks so much for your kind words! I'm glad you enjoyed the movie as much as I did.
Posted on Jan 4, 2011 10:45:55 AM PST
This is a fine review. You say a lot in two paragraphs! Well done.
Posted on Jun 12, 2012 10:32:54 PM PDT
P. M. I. says:
It's a great film, but I don't think it's as perfect as you think it is. There *are* better movies out there, more perfect ones too. But everybody gets hyperbolic when they talk about their favorite thing, so I guess that's only natural.
Posted on Aug 2, 2013 7:59:50 PM PDT
Michael Duda says:
Wonderful review. Couldn't have said it better.
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