Cinema Preview: The Master



Written, directed and co-produced by Paul Thomas Andersson, The Master tells the story of Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix), a veteran of the Second World War struggling to adjust to a post-war society, that meets Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the leader of philosophical movement, The Cause, who sees something in him and accepts him into the movement. Eventually Freddie begins to take a liking to The Cause and begins to spread its teachings with Dodd, while travelling along the East Coast.


The Master appears to be a puzzling film, but one that suits Joaquin Phoenix. Clearly shining in his portrayal of Quell, so it would appear in the trailer, he projects his emotions with superior skill, and seems a relatable, empathetic character. Pheonix plays madness well. His mannerisms and ferocious eyes make him believable, and mean he’s a joy to watch.


It’s unclear in the trailer what the movie is really about, and what can be expected from it. We feel that the movie may be one that leaves audiences perplexed at its end, but, ultimately, moved.


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