Emotional. Sensitive. Jaggernaut-powerful. Beautiful. Dramatic. Funny. Technically exquisite
The beauty of the cinematography work is extraordinary, the dumbfounding strength of the story and the raw feelings the characters deliver are rare – and the songs are just deliriously good
Let’s take a little time and learn more about Magnolia‘s magnificent actors, shall we?
Philip Baker Hall plays Jimmy Gator, legendary presenter of a quiz show called What Do Kids Know? An American icon representing traditional family values, Gator has a weak spot for fucking any woman available to him, including a possible – and denied to even himself – abuse on Claudia, his own daughter – now a cocaine junkie who refuses to ever speak to him, to the utter surprise of Jimmy’s wife – Claudia’s mum
Philip Baker Hall is a character actor with a great backbone & a past of numerous small & wonderful roles. Hall was Chief Justice in The Rock by Michael Bay, where he was co-responsible of locking captive British spy John Mason – Sean Connery – away from the world for 30 years. He was attorney Mark Silverberg in Enemy of the State by Tony Scott, a stern & successful lawyer who confronts young attorney Robert Clayton Dean – Will Smith – & unjustly removes Dean from his firm under NSA pressures. Philip Baker Hall‘s had a million little roles in a million of your favourite films. Although you hardly ever remember him or his name, Hall always makes a 5 minutes role worth watching. In Magnolia Philip Baker Hall delivers the – long! – performance of a lifetime
William H. Macy is such a face. Yes, he is a face. Macy‘s face says everything there is to say & that’s why this actor is in so many films you wouldn’t even believe. Macy is the deranged & weak middle range manager that schemes the kidnapping of his own wife in Fargo by the Joel and Ethan Coen. A sleazy CIA agent in Wag the Dog by Barry Levinson. A repressed average guy who goes bonkers & turns psychopathic killer in Edmond by Stuart Gordon
In Magnolia Bill Macy plays Quiz Kid Donnie Smith, ex child-prodigy, a depressed middle aged man desperately looking for companionship in all the wrong places & trying to spin his life around by robbing his former boss’ store the day after being fired. Bill Macy is all in his incredibly expressive face, drama stricken look & whiny desperate voice. You never quite remember Macy‘s name, but his face sticks with your mind forever
Featured in a single scene at the beginning of Magnolia, Alfred Molina plays Solomon Solomon, the sleazy & arrogant boss of a second rate electronics store that hired Quiz Kid Donnie Smith as a sales rep, banking on Smith’s ever-going popularity & overlooking the fact that the middle aged man is now a complete wreck. Molina‘s greasy crispy hair & his improbable mustache, combined with the depiction of the insensitive dick that Solomon is, sticks with you though the character appears in a single scene
After Magnolia we’ve seen Alfred Molina as the brainwashing & scheming priest in The Da Vinci Code by Ron Howard, as the delusional villain Doc Ock in Spider Man 2 by Sam Raimi, as the sweet & gullible Dick Suskind in The Hoax by Lasse Hallström. Molina is a complex actor that can easily range from disgusting sleazebag to sweet & kind guy, from delusional maniac to evil master. In Magnolia Alfred Molina is really funny & terribly cynical in just a 5 min cameo
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