Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master stars Joaquin Phoenix as a psychologically damaged war veteran who finds himself working for Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a charismatic figure building his own religion. As the alcoholic, self-destructive former soldier becomes more deeply involved with the leader of this cult-like organization, his natural instincts keep him from embracing his new position as strongly as others in the group would hope. The Master screened at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
This movie was weird, boring, perverted, pointless, and uncomfortable to watch. It should be rated NC-17. The only reason I gave it 1.5 stars is that the acting was very good portraying a bunch of weirdos.
I'm sure the artsy people will find this movie somewhat compelling. I found it torturous to watch. A con man and an alcoholic veteran embracing and revolting one another for what seemed like days of one vignette after another with some convoluted incomprehensible message: some people will follow any one, but even the most damaged may not; or the more obtuse the message the more likely some will believe it??
Great actors incomprehensable and reeaallly SSSSSSLOW.
I really have to agree. Absolutely no editing. each scene is longer than it needs to be, and many don't add anything to the story. Yes, the acting is great, but it can't save this movie. the first half hour........did we need the complete thirty minutes for us to get that Phoenix has PTSD? three minutes would have done it. and no I don't have a shortened attention span, I sat thru the whole movie without turning it off, which says a lot. I would have to say to anyone, this is NOT worth your two hours at all.
A fascinating, frustrating film. The pace is slow, the message oblique, no catharsis, no easy answers. Just two riveting characters being given riveting performances by two of our best actors. Philip Seymour Hoffman plays the Master, a charismatic charlatan quasi-religious leader who desperately needs adulation, and who has lost track of how much of what he says he really believes, and how much he is making up as he goes along. Joaquin Phoenix plays Quell, an angry, possibly crazy young man suffering from what may be PSTD after coming out of WW II. He needs a father figure as desperately as Hoffman"s Lancaster Dodd needs to be looked up to, so they are drawn together. Yet they are also repelled as they both can see the damaged souls under the each iotherssurface, and in the eyes of the other see the reflection of their own wounds. Not a lot happens in the traditional movie sense. It is a story of moments. If you like Pinter, Antonioni, etc. it may be for you.