The Master (2012)

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A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.

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  • Joaquin Phoenix in The Master (2012)
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix in The Master (2012)
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  • Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix in The Master (2012)
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22 November 2012 | markgorman
| An acting master class.
Let's get this straight right from the start, The Master is a highly superior cinematic experience. PTAnderson's direction of Joachim Pheonix absolutely rivals his masterful achievement with Daniel Day Lewis in There May be Blood, in fact exceeds it. He is blessed with his relationship with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and his latest cinematographer is quite simply perfect (the incredibly narrow depth of field utilised throughout and the occasional period grading makes this a visual art piece).

What many hate is the plot. The plot is, to say the least, loose and as I left the cinema that bothered me. The more I dwell on this wonderful thing the less it does.

I will accede to those who call this movie pretentious. I see your point but disagree. Some will loathe this though, like the 90 year old lady who left the cinema with us proclaiming "well, that's the worst movie I've ever seen in my life."

For me, it's another masterpiece in PTA's litany of masterpieces. Unquestionably he's the most consistent, and often most challenging director at work in the USA these days.

Hoffman, Pheonix and the beautifully understated Amy Adams can expect Oscar nominations with Pheonix a shoe in for gold (Hoffman too I'd reckon).

They say it's all about L Ron Hubbard and Scientology. I think it's bigger than that. An essay on religion as a whole and indoctrination (brainwashing) in general. Scientology and its cult is a convenient hat to hang it on but you name me a religion that doesn't brainwash and I'll buy the Scientology argument.

It's a great film. Just don't worry too much about the plot and revel in the acting.

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