Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Master (2012)

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson. Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Laura Dern. 144 min. Rated R. Drama.

I'm a hardcore P.T. Anderson fan. His Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and There Will Be Blood have all been mesmerizing to the point of becoming disturbing, and I find myself reflecting upon his films from time to time. The Master uses his same long slow-rhythm character study style devoid of a climactic ending, for an (alleged) Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard-inspired biopic. But this time, it really doesn't work. I was lost the entire time where this movie was heading, and couldn't relate to any of the characters. Superb acting by Phoenix, but that's possibly because he's a nut-job anyway.

PS: Yeah, it got 86% on the Tomatometer.

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