This movie is quite obviously about mishandled relationships, specifically parents and children. Anderson's opinions on father-son relationships are really fascinating to me. There are very few secure or healthy father-son relationships in Anderson films. Dirk Diggler walks all over his impish, emasculated father in BOOGIE NIGHTS, Daniel Plainview realizes his incapability to choose his son over his own greed in THERE WILL BE BLOOD, and Barry Egan only has female familial relationships in PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE.
You'll be emotionally touch, and you'll think about it for some time, trust me.
Technically, it's great too. Music are perfectly fitting with the beautiful images of it.
So yeais, definitely a classic for me.
Were I rating this on performances and basic idea only, I would have scored it higher but the story execution and ending left me not caring if I ever saw it again, thus 2 stars is the best I can do.
The intriguing promise of the opening few minutes about coincidental happenings ultimately doesn't deliver a rewarding or particularly meaningful conclusion.
The film has 5 different plots, and 8 different main characters. Dealing with a large variety of themes and stories, Magnolia manages to take us deep into the characters and their inner crisis through deep introspection, which works due to the outstanding acting from every single role and the inspired directing of Anderson, who takes us through this tragic journey in almost lyrical manner that pays off beautifully.
This is my personal favorite film of all time and each time I see it I get something more out of it.
So do yourself a favor and give it a try. All of Andersons movies are outstanding, but Magnolia is more than that.