Magnolia came out 20 years ago and solidified Paul Thomas Anderson as one of our most important filmmakers. Now you can read and download the script PDF to learn something yourself.
I saw Magnolia for the first time when I was in high school. I never got to see it in a theater; I saw it on my laptop, and even there I was completely entranced. I still haven’t seen it on any screen bigger than 55 inches, but no matter when or how I watch it, I get transported to a magical place.
I moved to Hollywood in 2012 and lived on Magnolia in the valley. I picked my apartment based on the movie.
It was a mediocre place to live, but nothing could sully my respect or love of the movie.
I figured the best way to talk about Magnolia was to start with the script and work my way up.
So let’s get into it.
Read and Download the Magnolia Script
Magnolia is a beautiful film. It’s about life, perseverance, and reconciling with the past. As a musical montage that occurs halfway through the masterpiece goes, “It’s not going to stop ’til you wise up.”