Written July 24, 2014
Perhaps Mr. Anderson's most subtle and mature work yet, The Master doesn't deliver quite the same pace of Boogie Nights, nor the savage passion of There Will Be Blood. Yet, I'd deem this a better work than both of those (and I enjoyed them a great deal). I might argue that Magnolia gives The Master a run for its money, in terms of ensemble casts and epic scale, yet The Master succeeds precisely because PT Anderson has scaled BACK a bit, His insistence on driving at one story with multiple dimensions proves beneficial for his direction of talented cast members with ranges capable of astonishing us. Joachim Phoenix and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, already accomplished talents, dig deep here to showcase their characters' competing fears and strengths, their grudging courage, and their frailties.
As thorough a Tour de Force as The Master proves to be, I do think it could have lost half an hour in the editing room to no deleterious effect
Written August 21, 2014
The hype for this plodding piece of film is so wrong. Although the acting is great, save the overly melodramatic performance of Amy Adams who I love, there is simply no story there....2 1/2 hrs of my life I can never get back...
Written September 22, 2012
Probably the most all-consuming movie I have seen in a long time. Hoffman and Phoenix were amazing The sound and XD enhanced every scene. The closeups of Hoffman-the way Phoenix used his body to complete his characterization of Freddie made me queasy and anxious,,,,I was there.
During the sixties and seventies there were many "Masters:" having many of the same personality quirks of the Master. They too passed into anonymity.
Written September 21, 2012
A big disappointment. There was essentially no point at all to this movie. None. Zip - nada. And I pride myself in always being able to get the subtle details of a movie. This was just a bunch of scenes with no real purpose. The acting was a disappointment as well - it could have been great if it had had a purpose - but there was none to be had. After all the hype - its just a no meaning artsie fartsie movie (and I usually like them).
Written September 14, 2012
It's great to see Anderson back with Phillip Seymour Hoffman in another masterpiece of character and authentic time and place film making. Just like There Will Be Blood, The Master gets under your skin to tell you a piece of the American myth in a more truthful way than anyone has done before.