The Benedict Cumberbatch Western Drama That Stole Netflix’s Number 1 Spot

Netflix’s latest film running its Top 10 is the Western drama “The Power of the Dog,” starring Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, and Kirsten Dunst. The film, written and directed by Jane Campion, is inspired by Thomas Savage’s 1960s novel of the same name. It released on December 1 on Netflix, and tells the story of two brothers who run a Montana ranch in the 1920s. Plemons stars as George, the brother of Phil (portrayed by Cumberbatch) who falls in love with Rose (portrayed by Dunst). Phil is a rough and tough rancher who doesn’t have time for any displays of affection, and prefers to torment his brother’s new wife and son rather than welcome them into the family. 

“The Power of the Dog” is a slow-burner, running for over two hours, but with a completely unexpected ending that will have your head spinning. The subject matter is intense, with underlying themes regarding sexuality, gender roles, family dynamics and more. And if that’s not enough to make you want to watch it, “The Power of the Dog” current has a 95% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so  it’s clear that critics are loving it. 

If you’ve been looking for the right Western to introduce yourself to the genre with — or even if you’re skeptical of them, as a whole – this star-studded option is a dramatic and extremely captivating way to introduce yourself to the genre. 

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