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5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning Visual and Musical Feat, 14 Nov 2002
This review is from: Magnolia (2 Disc Box Set) [1999] [DVD] (DVD)
This is my favorite film of 2000. I saw it three times in the cinema and watching it on DVD is just as satisfying. Plus the extra interviews and diary of the film is fun and interesting. It is long and it does at many times border on the sentimental, but it never falls over the edge. Really, it doesn't seem as long as the minute count indicates. There is so much happening and it keeps your interest perked to the point where the hours slip by without notice. It maintains a brilliant delicate balance between the characters interconnecting them in strange and moving ways. The music is what makes the movie because it connects all of the characters in one emotional movement. You are really told so little about them, but the poignancy of the script in conjunction with the emotional texture of the music weaves not just one but several penetrating emotional portraits. Aimee Mann's music is simply poetic. Julianne Moore is one of the best American actresses of the shiny screen today and her performance is one that is complex and makes you feel tremendous sympathy for this woman who is so desperate. Tom Cruis' role is at the same time hilarious and moving. He pulls it off masterfully. Philip Baker Hall gives a great performance. Those who loved 'Boogie Nights' will love this film. My only criticism is that the story of "the worm" is not developed enough, but if you read the screenplay you will see that this story line is drawn more deeply. The story was cut out for time reasons even though it's still a long movie. But even so, the film has so much to offer you will definitely feel you've got your money's worth. It's a powerhouse.
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