Magnolia (1999)

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An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley. (IMDb)
The book-ending narration is unnecessary. The frogs are a bit out-there. But the bulk of this 3-hour epic truly is a masterpiece of dramatic storytelling, as multiple poignant narratives–superbly acted–are brilliantly woven together in both stark and subtle ways, in the script and on the screen (see the swirling montages of tracking shots and an ever-building soundtrack found throughout; the character voice-overs lengthened into other scenes; the unique and moving cross-character sing-along).
9.5/10 (Breathtaking)

6 thoughts on “Magnolia (1999)

  1. Even though I love Paul Thomas Anderson, I still have yet to see this one! I’ve heard nothing but great things, and seeing your praise really makes me want to see this one as soon as I can!

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