PTA's contemporary epic of intertwined lives is a beauty: from the audacity of the script to the spectacular cast (with Tom Cruise delivering probably the best role in his career), the soulful music by Aimee Mann and the rollercoaster of emotions that you feel watching it.
With rapid editing, montage, multiple climaxes, inter-cutting, etc. there's much to pay attention to and so much more to easily gloss over. Nearly the entire film plays out like its in this perpetual climax where each character is about to explode in relentless emotional expression. Even the music is constantly reaching cathartic heights that mirror climactic shifts, and the...
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For me, this is PTA's magnum opus. It captures the dystopia of the human condition: the dysfunctions, the meltdowns, the humiliations; and still somehow makes you care for each broken character, even the most detestable ones. This is what cinema should be about - raw fucking humanity in all its ugliness and beauty. If I get too disconnected in life, I watch this.
A mosaic of complicated but deeply human themes. Tom Cruise is absolutely captivating every time he is on screen, and I love the tender performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Magnolia speaks to the universal experience of life's uncontrollable nature, and the limits of forgiveness. Ultimately though, not a film I want to watch over and over again.
A hugely entertaining epic, yes, but so much more than that as well. I don't think I've ever seen a film with such a deep, profound, and poignant understanding of the complexities of human relationships and emotions. Absolutely beautiful.
There are great performances especially from Moore, and technically it's an excellent film. The story, however, does not work too well for me. It falls short and feels inconclusive. That's egregious since from the beginning it sets out to be 'epic.' I mean, what else could a movie that's 3 hours long be? It just feels very ambitious but ultimately unfinished. But there are still many things to like.