The Master is a story about a mentally unbalanced man, a WWII participant, who had a talent of creating weird spirit blends, and who entered, unrequestedly, a group of people surrounding the Master aka Lancaster Dodd, a man of many trades, the founder of a quasi-scientific cult.
I’m not quite sure what exactly is not the way it’s supposed to be, but when I’m trying to formulate what is this story about, specifically, I can’t find the correct wording. A man’s journey through life? Seems like the most probable variant, but if that’s the case, the ending should be a closed one, while in reality the narration just plunges leaving viewer with a feeling of innuendo. Ambiguity in this case feels like the storyteller just got tired of telling it and simply wrapped it up. And it’s not very clear to me why, if he came to be taken back, the hero didn’t go when he finally was asked to – it’s like there’s something excruciatingly bright concealed in that moment, and I can’t figure out if it’s damaged, or am I just not digging it. Spirits blending thing went away pretty quickly, which is a shame, because it was refreshingly interesting.
At the same time, all the characters are incredibly interesting and comples; the story in general is absolutely fascinating; the acting is perfect (Hoffman is mind-blowing, and Phoenix isn’t any worse); the overall implementation is impeccable; – watching this film was pure delight. Except for that turbidness. But then again, it may be me. I guess, I would have to watch it again some time in the future.
Released in: 2012
Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Written by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Performed by: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Price Carson, Mike Howard, Amy Ferguson, Frank Bettag, Jesse Plemons, Ambyr Childers, Rami Malek, Lorelai Hoey, Martin Dew, Joshua Close, Jillian Bell, Kevin J. Walsh, Lena Endre, Madisen Beaty, William O’Brien, Kevin J. O’Connor, Patty McCormack, Mimi Cozzens, Christopher Evan Welch, Laura Dern
Entertaining quality: 5- out of 5
Art quality: 4+ out of 5
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