It's kind of strange how things work. How everything comes together. You may say that it's just a coincidence, but Magnolia tries to prove that it's more than just that.
From a very interesting and entertaining opening scene the film gets your attention and tries it's best to keep it through a variety of different stories that somehow all come together. Despite it's many plot holes and gaps it keeps our interest in all of the characters. The film's biggest flaw is that it is over 3 hours long, it feels more like 4. The action and direction is top notch with some very interesting technical achievements, the foul language and memorable scenes are the highlights. Excellent performances by an ensemble cast that include a Julianne Moore, a very entertaining Tom Cruise, William H. Macy and John C. Reilly as the leads. The story would be hard for most people to comprehend, mainly because there are many different stories going on at once. One follows a past boy genius and his lack of self esteem, another follows a new boy genius who's father is forcing him to go on show and get ridiculed by the public. A dying man whose last wish is to meet his abandoned sex fiend son, while the dying man's young wife wants the son out of the way so she can collect the inheritance. A game show hosts life of adultery turned bad on him with his battle with cancer, whose only reassurance is his reattachment with his drug abusing daughter. A good natured police officer who sees the good things in everything ends up having his own problems. I left out what happens to everyone, and a few other surprises, I don't want to go into detail too much about the story line, I don't want to give anything away. As much as I liked this film, it left me with many phrases to say over again and again, I would not enjoy sitting through it again, it was a painful experience but at times very entertaining. It seems that some of the newer films are all following the same sort of form now. Like American Beauty and Being John Malkovich, Magnolia takes the same kind of dark humor and problems and makes them humorous with a serious overtone to them. I'm not saying that this is a bad thing, I enjoy it very much, but it seems that being different was what everyone needed, now it seems that everyone is being different. This film is very excellent, it has some excellent scenes as well as some dull ones, I leave you with one thing to remember, respect the cock!