Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Magnolia (1999)

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Starring Tom Cruise, Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman


An effective look at the true interconnectivity of life. An amazing intertwining of many different short stories. This is what Pulp Fiction tried to be. The timing of each is perfect. They all seem to rise and crescendo at the same time, and the combined effect is powerful. Anderson knows what he’s doing.

The musical interlude and frog storm helped make the film more magical but also cut it off from reality. Not sure if they worked or not. What’s with the “and it did happen” quote in the painitng during the frog storm?

A knock against TV, men, and who knows what else. Liked the “past is not through with us” message. Perhaps a bit long. Why the title?

Perhaps everyone’s best performance. Cruise was very good, an atypical performance for him. He MUST have been stuffing. NO ONE has a sac that big. Not sure that past like that would create the kind of character that Cruise played. The boy reminded me of Osment in The Sixth Sense. Same eerie maturity.

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