The main problem with trying to choose a standout scene from writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson‘s masterpiece Magnolia to include in The Monday Movie is that we are spoiled for choice – so this is almost certainly not the only time the film will appear in this feature.
There’s barely a wasted moment in the the entire three hour-plus running time and every single scene adds something to the overall story.
If you haven’t seen it, Magnolia is an ensemble movie, inspired by the music of singer/songwriter Aimee Mann, that follows nine main characters whose lives randomly and not-so randomly intersect and collide over the course of a single day and night in Los Angeles.
One of the themes of the film is the very nature of chance and the unusual events and odd coincidences that shape our lives – and whether or not they are really so unusual and odd at all.
In this respect, the film’s quirky and stylish opening monologue, delivered by (an uncredited) magician and Deadwood star Ricky Jay, is the key that helps to understand and unlock many of the film’s subsequent secrets. Here it is