Director Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog” landed on Netflix in plenty of time for awards season, and it is generating a lot of Oscar buzz. However, one scene in the film is generating controversy, with many viewers saying it goes too far.
The character of Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch) goes to extreme lengths throughout the movie to prove his rugged masculinity. This often leads to disturbing and toxic actions, like berating his brother and sister-in-law.
The scene that has drawn ire from viewers and organizations like PETA involves Phil castrating a bull using only a knife and his bare hands. Campion’s choice to film the scene in graphic close-up only heightens its effect, leaving moviegoers shocked.