The Master is just shy of perfection

22 Sep

Writer/Director Paul Thomas Anderson provides audiences with another amazing character to study. In my opinion, this one is the most fascinating to watch. Joaquin Phoenix gives the performance of the year as Freddie Quell, a deeply troubled man on the verge of a psychological meltdown. One night he meets Lancaster Dodd aka “The Master” (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), an intellectual who has created a faith-based organization. Dodd makes it his goal to help Quell through the organization, but soon Quell begins to question it and The Master himself.

The Master is one of the most breathtaking cinematic achievements in recent years. I am an admirer of Anderson’s work and I had high expectations for this film. Fortunately, he exceeded them. Everything in this film is superb, especially the cinematography, direction, score, editing, and production design. Some people may find the script a little difficult, but I think for the most part it is just shy of  perfection.


Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: B

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