The Master (2012)
RJG Rating- 70
Story of an aimless man finding his master.
Starring- Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour
Director- Paul Thomas Anderson
The acting is the most powerful pillar of The Master.Every scene is powered by raw intensity of its lead actors.Joaquin has just immersed himself in this complex role of his.Its raw and tests his acting skills to the core.Excellent from start to finish and one of the best of this year.Playing the titular role ,but infact a supporting role is Philip Seymour Hoffman.He brings the character to its peak of perfection and controls it brilliantly.The way he has portrayed the character is amazing.Couple of scenes where his character suddenly loses his outside layer of emotion is handled perfectly ,showing Philip's strength of acting.Amy Adams has done a good job as well ,although not as great as the main.
The story for The Master is undeniably based on the scam-cult ,Scientology.But the origination of a cult isnt its primary subject.Its the story of a troubled soldier finding his place in this cult ,and his faith in the cult's founder ,aka The Master.The 2 main characters are so rich in its development that we are drawn into their worlds.But the story isnt meant for all.The story pretends to be deep, but its infact pretty simple.Its nothing but a tale about 2 men and at times its infuriating trying to understand them.
Direction is beautiful.Paul Thomas Anderson is known for such movies.The cinematography is beautiful and some scenes are just gorgeous.Hes extracted the best from his cast and created a great movie.The pacing of the movie is mixed ,it varies from slow to fast during its run.He tries to give the movie a false sense of impotence and towards the end ,its all just falls apart leaving you with a somewhat poor and forgettable ending.
Overall ,Master is an excellent watch if you want to see some great acting ,but the story isnt meant for all.
Nominations - 3
Best Actor -Joaquin Phoenix
Best Supporting Actor -Philip Seymour Hoffman
Best Supporting Actress -Amy Adams