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‘The Power of the Dog’ Review: Jane Campion’s Psychodramatic Western Is Impeccably Crafted but Lacks the Major Voices of ‘The Piano’

‘The Power of the Dog’ Review: Jane Campion’s Psychodramatic Western Is Impeccably Crafted but Lacks the Major Voices of ‘The Piano’

Jane Campion is a great filmmaker who has always marched to a different (at times dissonant) drummer. But I suspect I’m far from alone when I say that I’ve long yearned to see her make another movie that can speak with the populist poetry and passion of “The Piano” — her most famous and successful film, and also (tellingly) her most artful. I raise the issue because “The Power of the Dog,” Campion’s eighth feature in 30 years, is a frontier Western made with a stately and austere poker-faced modernist classicism, and roiling undercurrents, that sometimes bring the earlier film to mind. It’s a movie in which Campion, who shot it in her native New Zealand, works with a full-scale, at times painterly precision and control. It’s also a socially conscious psychodrama that builds, over time, to a full boil.

Yet there’s a key difference between this movie and “The Piano.

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