The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog

  • Directed by Jane Campion
  • Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons
  • UK | USA | AUS | CAN | NZL | 127mins | 2021 | rated (12A)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film runtime: 2h 7m

Brought to life by a stellar ensemble led by Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog reaffirms writer-director Jane Campion as one of her generation's finest filmmakers.

Adapted from Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel of the same name, Campion’s latest cinematic marvel presses against a razor-thin membrane between gentleness and cruelty. It portrays masculinity at its most playful, most volatile, and most hauntingly lonely, acting both as a searing exploration and a gorgeous tapestry of the little, secret moments that make up a person—all while unfolding against the backdrop of cinematic myth.

Jesse Plemmons and Benedict Cumberbatch play brothers George and Phil Burbank, a pair of Montana ranch-owners in a 1920s setting whose design elements have one foot planted firmly in the previous century. Kirsten Dunst and Kodi Smit-McPhee round up the cast in this stunningly tense Western, it’ll keep you glued to the screen.