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Geek Girl Riot attended a special Netflix screening of The Power of the Dog over the weekend at DC’s Landmark E Street. Hear our spoiler-free teaser all about the stunning new film and why you need to see it.
The Characters + Performances
In 1925 Montana, the Burbank brothers are wealthy ranchers who are very different. When they meet Rose and her son Peter, the four are drawn into a tense and menacing battle of wills that will leave you completely on edge. Sherin, Day, Renee, Kat, and Drew share their thoughts on the film, beginning with a breakdown of the characters and performances from the incredible cast. Sherin says of the movie: “The Power of the Dog is methodical, slow-burning, and immersive. This is classic filmmaking.”
Next up our Rioters dive into some of the themes that run throughout the story, including the strong feelings of yearning, its commentary on toxic masculinity, and how the film portrays freedom (or lack thereof). Sherin says, “You’ll keep waiting for the axe to fall…and it doesn’t…and it doesn’t…and the tension builds to the bursting point. Perfectly benign moments take on sinister hues in The Power of the Dog, you know something is deadly wrong, tensions hang over your head, and then the axe finally falls and it’s a hell of a payoff.”
Our hosts have so many good things to say about The Power of the Dog—in this segment they get into the cinematography, direction, and why they think it deserves an Oscar. Then they touch on some of the symbolism that traumatised them (yup), before closing out with their final thoughts. See The Power of the Dog in theaters on November 17 and on Netflix on December 1.
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