Science fiction, mystery, comedy, serious drama, cartoons, art film—with the exception of musicals, slashers and cowboy pictures, I love movies. My husband, Richard, also enjoys them, though he is less fussy about the type of movie he watches. So when we read some favorable early reviews of Magnolia, we were eager to see it.
From the beginning, I found this film engrossing, engaging spiritually and theologically as well as emotionally. The acting was terrific. Some parts were harrowing. The unending use of vulgarities, in particular the “f” word, was irritating, and before I understood the point, seemed unworthy of the rest of the movie. On the whole, however, both Richard and I found Magnolia wonderful. After three hours, we left our seats exhilarated and ready for conversation.