The Power of the Dog (2021)
Director: Jane Campion
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemmons, Kodi Smit-McPhee
It wears the brimmed hats and saddle-worn chaps of a western, and even indulges in the odd dusty brawl, but Jane Campion’s mesmerising psychological drama has its head and heart elsewhere. Instead, the Kiwi auteur transposes Thomas Savage 1967 novel into a thoroughly modern-feeling takedown of toxic masculinity, in which a career-best Benedict Cumberbatch goes full Daniel Plainview as a rancher with some deep-buried secrets. It’s one of 2021’s very best films.