2018 Film Challenge: 37. Magnolia

I’m genuinely not sure what I thought of this film. I mostly enjoyed it and it had some great moments and ideas, but it definitely felt too long, plus I felt somewhat underwhelmed by the ending.

Slightly spoilery here, but… the opening of the film set me up for some really contrived, intricate set of events, which is what I thought all the separate stories were going to lead to, but then suddenly it’s like ‘nope, here’s a load of frogs falling from the sky, because hey, weird things just happen sometimes’. I mean, it was a memorable image – it was a hell of a lot of frogs – but I was expecting my mind to be blown in some way. My mind felt too un-blown.

Anyway, here are the thoughts I had whilst watching it:

  • This already seems like my kinda film
  • Yay, Aimee Mann
  • Tom Cruise is a good creepy, misogynystic, pick-up-artist dick
  • Jealousy traps? Ugh.
  • Hee hee, Jiffy Lube. That’s never not a funny name.
  • This kid’s awesome (Edit: Wait, this just reminded me, you never find out what the deal was with the dead guy in the closet!)
  • I should really get back into Desperate Housewives some time
  • Yeah, you tell them Julianne!
  • No, dog
  • He’s worryingly reminding me of my ex there
  • Yes, lady! You get him.
  • I thought she was his daughter!
  • Curious how this is all going to come together
  • This is a bit too real and disturbing
  • This is a weird moment
  • There’s a lot of awful men in this film
  • I like these 2
  • Yeah, I thought that’s where that was going
  • Is that the only song he has?
  • Woah
  • That’s a lot of frogs
  • OK, it’s gone slightly bonkers
  • Ha ha ha ha ha
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One Response to 2018 Film Challenge: 37. Magnolia

  1. Crashing Elliptical says:

    Magnolia was another film I’d never seen, despite having owned on blu-ray for several years.

    Honestly, I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. I’ve liked the other Paul Thomas Anderson movies I’ve seen, but I found that this one struggled to hold my interest. It also seemed really long. I did like Tom Cruise’s performance, and I liked the Aimee Mann music they used, but ultimately this just didn’t really land for me.

    Overall, I’d have to say it’s a miss for me.

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