I had heard good things about this movie but never got a chance to see it. Recently, after Crash won best author, I read someone saying that Magnolia was everything Crash tried to be but failed. Now I really liked Crash, so figured Magnolia would be a good bet for a winner too.
This is certaintly a similarly styled movie, painted portraits of a number of seemingly unrelated characters and eventually showing the bonds between all of them. Unfortunately, I didn’t have much interest in any of the characters, and the stories never really meshed very well. It seemed like nothing really came together as I was hoping it would. This, on top of what I thought was a rather unpolished script, really killed the movie for me.
In the end I was left with a feeling that nothing really made sense. Maybe that was the point, but it seemed that the moral was just that stuff happens and that’s all there is to it. Although I thought it was supposed to be something about there being no coincidences. What was it trying to say? Was it trying to be surreal? Did I even gain anything from watching it? I certaintly don’t think so.