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Magnolia 1999

An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley...

Release Date:
January 7, 2000
188 min
William Mapother, Brad Hunt, Michael Bowen, Paul F. Tompkins, Meagen Fay, Tom Ohmer, Don McManus, Melora Walters, Lionel Mark Smith, Clark Gregg, Robert Bella, William H. Macy, Virginia Pereira, Neil Pepe, Jason Robards, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Melinda Dillon, Jim Beaver, April Grace, Michael Shamus Wiles, Miguel Pérez, Annette Helde, Tom Cruise, Dayna Price, Neil Flynn, Jim Ortlieb, Amy Brown, Orlando Jones, Miriam Margolyes, Patton Oswalt, Patricia Scanlon, John C. Reilly, Ricky Jay, Rod McLachlan, Jim Meskimen, John S. Davies, Thomas Jane, Lillian Adams, Craig Kvinsland, Clement Blake, Ezra Buzzington, Phil Hawn, Alfred Molina, Cleo King, Tom Tangen, Kevin Breznahan, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Baker Hall, Luis Guzmán, Allan Graf, Scott Alan Smith, Natalie Marston, Julianne Moore, John Pritchett, Michael Murphy, Art Frankel, Felicity Huffman, Henry Gibson, Christina Eliason, Cory Buck, Michael Phillips, Melissa Spell, Dale Gibson, Colleen Sturtevant, Veronica Hart, Danny Wells, James Kiriyama-Lem, Eileen Ryan, Matt Gerald, Pat Healy, Fernando Lara, Patricia Forte, Jason Andrews, Jason 'Jake' Cross, Tim Soronen, Robert Downey Sr., Scott Burkett, Herb Santos Jr., Thomas Griffin, Mike Massa, Bobby Brewer, Emmanuel Johnson, Holly Houston, Chris O'Hara, Junichi Yanagita, Lynne Lerner, Jeremy Blackman, Genevieve Zweig, Mark Flannagan, Raymond 'Big Guy' Gonzales, Frank Elmore, John Kraft Seitz, Benjamin Niedens, Charlie Scott, Juan Medrano, David Masuda, Bob Brewer, Julie Brewer, Nancy Marston, Maurey Marston, Jamala Gaither, Patrick Warren, Guillermo Melgarejo, Denise Woolfork, New World Harmonica Trio, Larry Ballard, Brett Higgins, Brian Higgins, Steven Bush, Douglas Busby, Lynne Oropeza, Sean Wilson ...
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yikes. this movie was.... uhm...kinda morbid seeming at first, ad definitely focused on the pains, disappointments and ways we can hurt each other. there were some very interesting moments, and it definitely kept me watching. very creative, kind of disturbing, and makes me reflect upon life a bit. definitely a darker lens than i prefer to see the world through, but a compelling movie
"you may be through with the past but the past ain't through with you"
Great Movie about struggle, forgiveness, death, and life... Anderson's Best
Far and away the best American film ever made. Anderson's masterpiece! Ambitious as hell. Highly creative. Bold. Trying. Inspiring.
Say what you what you want about Tom Cruise, but the man was robbed by Michael Cane (Cider House Rules winner for best supporting actor). He deserved to win!
The six degrees of separation state that you're never too far away from amazing people, extraordinary things happen everyday to loads of people, and it's something the human race often take for granted. 'Magnolia' highlights this point of presupposition and expands on it, in quite a beautifully captivating style; giving us a glimpse into numerous peoples inattentive intertwined lives on a seemingly ordinary day in South California.

This is a film that hasn't really set out to be anything ground-breaking or magnificent, but while prevailing in that to certain individuals, this film is just quite ordinary; but not in a bad way. The film is filled with many characters who are, basically, really ordinary people; the sorts of people whom you may even come across (or have come across) during your life, which makes for a set of characters which are easy to get along with.
This is a strange aspect, when contemplating it, the characters actually aren't really all too well established; yet at the same time, are established really well.
A handful of characters are introduced in the beginning, in a nicely paced and well edited sequence. Each character instantaneously displays a certain nuance of their personality which, to the viewer, consciously or subconsciously gives away a great deal about them, and who they are. During the course of the film, these traits are sustained, and are also subtly developed, bringing about new depths to characters, whilst also distorting certain preconceptions developed in their initial insertion.

The opening is fantastic, well shot and well edited; giving us a few examples of the way in which fate works, and how nature can pan out. After this the pace slows down a little to introduce the first of our characters, but it is still an acceptable and engrossing pace. However, after approximately 20 minutes, the momentum seems to notably decelerate as we delve into the early actions of certain people. While it is clear the pace has slowed down, it doesn't seem to phase too much, this is mostly down to the brilliant cinematography, which alone is arguably strong enough to keep the viewer enthralled, if nothing else. Though, later on the progress picks up; during the course of the film it is realised that the pacing is a little inconsistent at times and seems to elevate the viewers interest, but for what reason?

There are several aspects to the film which seem to unnecessarily pique the intrigue of the audience, the most discernable of which is the soundtrack. This is a particularly messy element, whilst there are some nice compositions and songs chosen throughout; their combination, overlapping and crossing over can be a little disconcerting. The compositions are the biggest culprit here, the ambient music created gives a false sense of suspense, tension and intrigue by being oddly climatic. On first thought it is insignificant; the film is gripping enough to the point where it's not impossible to forget about time, and how long you've been watching it. But when it feels like it's coming to an end an hour and a half before it actually does, it starts to drag on.
About 1 hour and 40 minutes in, is the point at which it starts to feel a little laborious, but this is only due to the extrinsically momentous compositions.

Also, the heart of the film seems to be built upon character psyche; while there are some early distinctions shown, as mentioned, it takes quite a while to fully crack into the complete mindset of the characters...Possibly too long. Though, disdained from this, the acting is very solid and the character relationships are phenomenally entrenched.
One particularly surprising performance is from John C. Reilly, he is an actor who has been around for years, but is mostly recognised lately for his roles in the comedy genre such as 'Talladega Nights', 'Walk Hard' and 'Step Brothers'. Having personally only ever seen him in 'Talladega Nights', I didn't think Reilly to be anything that special in terms of acting ability; but his role as 'Officer Jim Kurring' in this film, is amicably convincing and well performed, especially the subtle negativities to the characters traits.
Generally the performances are convincing and well performed by a pretty talented cast compiled of familiar faces (but not in a daunting sense, such as 'The Departed'). The only clear exceptions are Julianne Moore and Tom Cruise, whilst Moore can give some nice performances, there are certain moments where she is a little unconvincing, similarly for Tom Cruise. It is no secret that I have a personal contempt towards Cruise, but there have been certain instances where he has been tolerable (and dare I say; good.), however in the instance of 'Magnolia', he is being exactly what I'd expect; an over-actor. His early introduction is fairly tolerable, he displays tendencies typical to his real-life stereotype, and being the over-actor he is, he exaggerates upon these things and becomes the eccentric, energetic, arrogant and vaguely misogynistic 'Frank T.J. Mackey'. Whilst initial appearances are tolerable in terms of acting ability, it is not until later where he displays some emotion. This emotion starts off as adequate, but then veers off into something a little bathetic.

The best part of this film, however, is the relationships between certain characters and the style in which they banter, communicate and behave with each other. There is something very natural and fascinating about this, and makes it a joy to see any character; in particular, an early scene between Macy and Alfred Molina, as well as a scene between Reilly and a young boy.

Overall, this isn't a bad film. There are some nice issues raised, particularly that of child stardom (Which has proven to still be a hot topic today, specifically Miley Cyrus), as well as 'gold digging' and general depression. Whilst there is a lack of strong connection between audience and character, it works perfectly, making characters seem more natural and more human. This makes for some genuinely touching emotional scenes as well as some sympathy, and perhaps even empathy for certain characters. This makes for a script that works really well with some nice dialogue. But the major drawback of this film is the unnecessarily climactic soundtrack here and there, as well as the length which is roughly 180 minutes. Personally, I'm torn between the length; on one side it worked brilliantly in slowly unfolding the workings of each character, as well as telling their stories, yet on the other hand it feels like it could have been tremendously shorter. Despite this, this film is a solid 8 out of 10. It's definitely worth making the time for...Even if you despise Tom Cruise.

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Interesting movie by PT Thomas. Long 3 hours running time. it went by pretty fast. I would write a longer review here but frogs are busting out my windows and falling from the sky. 08/17/09 My sister and her three kids orders this this weekend,. they hated it. I watched it again with them I hated it. My neighbors saw it last week they hated it. three stars. I dont know why I originally put 3 stars. 1 star no 2 for ambitious ecstasy in film making. this was one of the dumbest movies I have ever seen. Big storm coming tonight 08/17/*09 I am praying frogs will fall from the sky and pound out my windows so that when I awake from the dream I will find out that I am really Brad Pitt Or Paul Thomas Anderson and that I am really rich and famous and that I did not make the movie Magnolia.
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Very good movie. Paul Thomas Anderson is one of my favorite directors and this movie definitely doesn't disappoint. It was really entertaining throughout the whole movie, and I must say that acting was also great. I had a few problems with this movie - I think that it was too long, not that I mind it that much but I think it could have been cut short on some parts, and also there were a too many coincidences, but overall great movie.
Crazy!!!! One of the strangest movie I've ever seen!!!
Anyway, good movie!!
Emotional Bliss.

Cinematic Perfection.
Three hours is just too long. This compelling notion needed a better script editor. Anderson often mistakes redundancy for depth of emotion. At least on DVD, it will pause.