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.
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Large frame focus allowed for a very natural look into manipulation to be large enough to make it grander than reality,
Long and absolutely boring. Love Philip Seymour Hoffman but this movie was horrible. Half a star is a lot.
Didn't understand what I was supposed to be taking away from this movie. Ultimately, I was bored.
Beautiful but ultimately very flawed.
Hoffman and Phoenix were superb. Amy Adams was also great. Story was troublesome.