Year of Release: 2012
Director(s): Paul Thomas Anderson
Approx. Running Time: 144 minutes
My Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
A MIND BENDING CINEMATIC LANDMARK.
(Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)
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 that is "a glorious and haunting symphony of color, emotion and sound with camera movements that elicit an involuntary gasp and feats of acting the defy comprehension." (A.O. Scott, The New York Times) Awarded Best Actor for both Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix and Best Director for Paul Thomas Anderson at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, "The Master is a film which casts a spell live a fever dream" (David Ansen, Newsweek). 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?
The storyline really seems to go nowhere and there's isn't an easily discernable point to the film. It's overly long and it isn't entertaining in the usual sense. It isn't funny. It isn't touching. However, this movie is worth watching for the riveting performances of its cast, which garnered Oscar noms for Phoenix, Hoffman and Adams (though no awards).
Rated R (MPAA)
2012 (Year Of Release)