Jason says:

After breaking through with the fantastic Boogie Nights, P.T. Anderson’s next film was Magnolia, an opus to a bunch of people with incrediblycruise.jpg pathetic lives. It’s three hours long and full of heartache and sadness. My first bit of advice: Don’t watch it alone. I did, and by the end I wanted to kill myself. Not because it sucked, because it didn’t. But it’s incredibly depressing.

On the bright side, it features acting talent as diverse and skilled as any movie I can think of: Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, John C. Reilly, Julianne Moore, Philip Baker Hall, and Jason Robards are all great in it, to name six. And here’s the shocker: it’s Tom Cruise’s best movie. He’s fantastic…I know that seems weird what with all the nutso religion stuff and whatnot, but seriously. As the super-misogynist who conducts workshops to get guys to hate women, he owns it.
Also, the movie prominently features a quiz show. Which is my thing. And there’s a sing-along to an excellent Aimee Mann song that isn’t as bizarre as it sounds.

This would be a great 120 minute film. But it’s not. It’s three hours. Three hours of rainy glumness and sad people. So check it out. But don’t watch it alone.

Grade: 82


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