Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Master

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Patty McCormack

After the Second World War ex sailor and drifter Freddie ‘The Master’ Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) is a rough bundle of nerves who meets Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) as a stowaway. The mysterious Dodd is a charismatic founder of The Cause cult and quickly makes Freddie a convert. Slowly Freddie begins to question the cult which angers his mentor and loyal spouse, Peggy (Amy Adams). The story does rambles on but there are great performances from the cast with some powerful scenes. The audience is however often left to flounder at the meaning of it all. This odd movie is bold, challenging, and unique but not quite my cup of tea.

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