I just watched Magnolia for the first time in a decade, and not only was I not disapppointed, I have far too many good things to say to do it here, and now. But this is from Roger Ebert’s initial review of the film, and I love it:
The film’s opening sequence, narrated by an uncredited Ricky Jay, tells stories of incredible coincidences. One has become a legend of forensic lore; it’s about the man who leaps off a roof and is struck by a fatal shotgun blast as he falls past a window before landing in a net that would have saved his life. The gun was fired by his mother, aiming at his father and missing. She didn’t know the shotgun was loaded; the son had loaded it some weeks earlier, hoping that eventually one of his parents would shoot the other. All allegedly true.
This sequence suggests a Ricky Jay TV special, illustrating weird coincidences. But it is more than simply amusing. It sets up the theme of the film, which shows people earnestly and single-mindedly immersed in their lives, hopes and values, as if their best-laid plans were not vulnerable to the chaotic interruptions of the universe. It’s humbling to learn that existence doesn’t revolve around us; worse to learn it revolves around nothing.
Ebert did a re-analysis of the film of 2008 in which he praised it even further; I suggest you read it if you’re interested in hearing anything good I have to say.
The soundtrack is awesome.
As I told someone yesterday who also hadn’t seen it in 10 years, the whole thing is awesome. I am not entirely sure that it’s your thing, though.
Mila Kunis’ ‘performance’ in Forgetting Sarah Marshall is an all-timer. I didn’t really like her before that. Geez Louise.
well, i greatly enjoyed the aimee mann soundtrack (yeah, i said it) and recall really wanting to see it back when it came out.
of course, the last time i saw a movie out of loyalty to a director’s previous work was “extract” by mike judge which was an extract of pure balls, just a lazy, uninspired sketch of a movie. best supporting actress to mila kunis’ fogerty shirt tho.
I hope you like it, Coachie, but I’m not sure you will.
I took it out from the library a few months ago and never got around to watching it cuz I couldn’t commit to the 3 hours.
But I really really should considering how great “Boogie Nights” is.
Let me know how the NYPL’s streaming movies work… in 2020
I haven’t watched it yet, but I got Magnolia from the library last week.
Take that, Netflix!