Written September 18, 2014
A terrific cast in an awful movie!!!!...let's see how many times we can use the F word...too violent...too much sex...just wasn't necessary to the plot.
I want my money back!!!!!
Written September 15, 2012
The Master is not a pleasant film. Neither are most of P.T. Anderson's other films but they are all essential. Anderson is holding the torch for Serious American Filmmaking in the exalted 1970s mode. The film follows the journey of the deeply unpleasant Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix), a sex-obsessed WWII vet and borderline sociopath as he drifts through life and in and out of the influence of The Master, a religious/cult leader played by Phili Seymour Hoffman and loosely modelled on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. If possible, see the film in 70mm - the gorgeous, massive format allows Anderson's impeccable style - think deep focus, long shots, sophisticated but understated editing choices - to flourish, and The Master is likely to be the most beautiful film you've seen theaters in a long time. The content is uncompromising, an exacting journey into man's basest urges and shortcomings. Anderson's most accomplished movie to date but also his most challenging. A contemporary classic.
Written September 15, 2012
There's a lot to admire about PT Anderson's The Master, from the gorgeous photography, set designs and the hypnotic score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood but what stands out the most is the brilliant performance by Joaquin Phoenix as a disturbed ex-veteran without a home to return to. Phoenix gives a committed performance bordering on madness. His crooked posture, intense glare (made more so by lazy eyes) and even his breathing invoke something beastly struggling within him. His character comes off as brutish, primordial and utterly masculine. He's incongruous in a post WW2 America, too violent to succeed in any profession for long. Then he comes across Philip Seymor Hoffman's "The Master," a character so megalomaniacal and delusional to see a friend and kindred soul in Phoenix's character, and instead seeks to study and cure him. My one complaint is that Hoffman's character is perhaps too one dimensional and familiar as the preacher who believes his own lies. 9/10
Written September 21, 2012
Let me state that I love PTA. Have absolutely loved all his movies and was hoping to love this one too. It was nicely shot but so overacted it was hard to believe. I felt like I was watching a mockumentary of a method acting class. The music by Johnny Greenwood was also overwrought and distracting. Huge Disappoinment
Written September 21, 2014
I love almost all kinds of movies. However, I found this movie truly disgusting and having no purpose. It tries to masquerade as art, but it fails beyond miserably. Joaquin Phoenix does look like a miserable, sick alcoholic, so he did succeed at that. It is filled with closeups of Phillip saying nonsense over and over. I would never recommend that anyone see this movie. Safe your money; believe me, I would love to get mine back.