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Friday, June 19, 2009


"I really do have love to give! I just don't know where to put it!"
Though I couldn't really make heads or tails of this 1999 movie, I found it interesting. Magnolia has an all-star cast which includes Tom Cruise and Philip Seymour Hoffman, but is one of those films that have several plotlines that somehow intertwine. This is no exception.
Magnolia surrounds seven characters who are all on the brink of learning and dealing with some of the worst news of their lives. From a man dying of cancer, to another who's struggling to regain his sensibility after being fired, to a neglected son, a self-destructive daughter and those whose lives they've all affected, they're all struggling with one thing--love. From getting it, to keeping it, and realizing that there is no love and being terrified of it, each character struggles with their own grasp of love and happiness.
But my issue with this flick is that I wanted more. There were so many characters, so many plotlines, and I felt like it was they were teasing us with half a story and not a full one. I guess we should be more focused on what the movie trying to convey, the actual point. I was struggling to determine what that point was, though the performances were good and what they revealed of each character was interesting. I just wish there was more background, and less storylines.

My rating: B+


Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

It's been years since I saw Magnolia and yet still remember that it really affected me. And I agree there are still baffling things in that film and because of your post I want to revisit this thought-provoking movie. Thanks Candice.


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