Benedict Cumberbatch Plays A Rough Cowboy In “The Power of the Dog”


For fans of Western films as well as British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, the new upcoming film, The Power of the Dog is sure to excite. Similar to other upcoming releases, this film’s release will be both to theaters and Netflix on different weekends. The theatrical release will be on November 17th and the Netflix release will be on December 1st. The film is based upon the book of the same name by Thomas Savage. It also marks the return of filmmaker Jane Campion since the film, Bright Star, in 2008.


The film has a good star cast altogether, including Kirsten Dunst as Rose Gordon, Jesse Plemons as George Burbank, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Peter Gordon. The plot of The Power of the Dog revolves around the main character, Phil Burbank, (played by Cumberbatch), a rancher who has a profound influence over those around him including his brother, George. Close relationships are tested, however, when George presents his new wife, Rose, and Rose’s teenage son, Peter. 


It’s 1925 in remote Montana when a war is reportedly waged by Phil upon the presences of Rose and Peter until “long-hidden secrets come to light”, hinted at by trailers to be partially Phil’s secrets. On top of being a drama film, The Power of the Dog is also being classified as a romance, leaving audiences in wonder until its release to whom of the characters that are referring. The themes also appear to relate to male macho and pain, especially exhibited by Phil and Peter, who appear very different in the presence or lack of stereotypical male behaviors and interests, which appears to challenge both in a plot yet to be seen.

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