Haunted by his past, WWII veteran and drifter Freddie Quell crosses paths with a mysterious movement called The Cause, led by Lancaster Dodd aka The Master and his wife Peggy. Their twisted relationship is the core of this film. Awarded Best Actor for both Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix and Best Director for Paul Thomas Anderson at the 2012 Venice Film Festival. Stunningly photographed in 65mm, The Master stands as an undeniable cinematic experience. Will Freddie be able to outrun his past? Will The Cause help or hurt him? Can this tortured, violent creature be civilized? Or is man, after all, just a dirty animal?
OK this is not going to be everybody's cup of tea I appreciate. Having said that I thought it was phenomenal, so glad I seen it. The acting by the 3 leads, namely, Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams is truly exceptional. Phoenix has never been better, he actually looks like an insane alcoholic, really embodying the part. Hoffman is outstanding as the charismatic master, amiable one minute then overly aggressive the next. Adams is superb as the dutiful wife, totally committed to the cause. Loved the soundtrack and cinematography. In short I salute Paul Thomas Anderson as I think he has made a masterpiece here.
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Frustrating near miss of a 'masterpiece'
- The Master review by BS
Oh god I wanted to love this film. It has my two favourite actors in it. It is a fascinating subject matter, and a fascinating premise. It is beautifully shot (the opening 30 minutes is some of the most subtly stylish cinematography you will ever see)... but... God it was tedious. Shame shame shame.
A thoroughly absorbing and engaging movie with two of America's finest male actors at the helm tackling an unusual subject matter. Joaquin Phoenix was truly outstanding (although was not awarded the Oscar he deserved for his performance). Phillip Seymour Hofmann also gave his expected excellent performance and proves what a sad loss to the world of acting his demise was. To be revisited.