‘The Power of the Dog’ Trailer: Jane Campion Directs Cumberbatch in Western Drama

Netflix has released an official teaser trailer for The Power of the Dog, based on the Thomas Savage novel. Let’s take a look.

Benedict Cumberbatch in a Western? Uh, sold!

Jane Campion wrote the screenplay and directed the motion picture that also stars Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Thomasin McKenzie, Frances Conroy, Keith Carradine, Peter Carroll, and Adam Beach.

Plot Synopsis:

Severe, pale-eyed, handsome, Phil Burbank is brutally beguiling. All of Phil’s romance, power and fragility is trapped in the past and in the land: He can castrate a bull calf with two swift slashes of his knife; he swims naked in the river, smearing his body with mud. He is a cowboy as raw as his hides.

The year is 1925. The Burbank brothers are wealthy ranchers in Montana. At the Red Mill restaurant on their way to market, the brothers meet Rose, the widowed proprietress, and her impressionable son Peter. Phil behaves so cruelly he drives them both to tears, reveling in their hurt and rousing his fellow cowhands to laughter – all except his brother George, who comforts Rose then returns to marry her.

As Phil swings between fury and cunning, his taunting of Rose takes an eerie form – he hovers at the edges of her vision, whistling a tune she can no longer play. His mockery of her son is more overt, amplified by the cheering of Phil’s cowhand disciples. Then Phil appears to take the boy under his wing. Is this latest gesture a softening that leaves Phil exposed, or a plot twisting further into menace?


The Power of the Dog hits theaters for a limited run on November 17, 2021. It begins streaming on Netflix on December 1, 2021.


What do you guys think? Interested in seeing this at all?

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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