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The Master: Review

Posted 11/03/2013

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The Master
Paul Thomas Anderson films are anything but formulaic or fluff, and ‘The Master’ is no different. Written and directed by PTA, it stars Joaquin Phoenix as Freddie Quell, a U.S. Navy veteran returning from World War II to a life of drifting and PTSD breakdowns.

Freddie’s wanderings bring him into contact with charismatic Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a.k.a. The Master, who immediately takes an interest in helping him. Though Dodd initially appears to be a well-intentioned Renaissance man, his seeming good deeds are quickly revealed as the manipulative and self-serving methods of a cult leader.

Dodd’s following continues to grow, and Freddy begins to question The Master and himself while struggling with the immensity of life’s questions and the mundaneness of life’s tasks.

The comparisons to L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology are easy to make in ‘The Master’, but the film is hardly a story about Scientology or judging it. One could easily make similar analogies to another set of religious beliefs.

This is a very deep movie that will be nominated for several awards. This is a very deep movie that will be nominated for several awards. This is a very deep movie that will be nominated for several awards. Watch the film and you’ll understand the repetition, but more importantly you’ll see that Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Paul Thomas Anderson are all going to be buzzed about this award season.

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