January 22, 2013

The Master (2012)

The Master (2012)
Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Country: USA

Review: “The Master” is one of the biggest cinematographic achievements of 2012. Freddie Quell, a sex-obsessed and alcoholic ex-veteran of war, erratically wanders around without finding a stable path in life. When he meets Lancaster Dodd, a leader from a movement called ‘The Cause’, everything seemed to get better as he felt accepted inside the 'family'. The film intelligently addresses the psychological on both men. From one side, a man who needs followers, a ruler who puts into practice all the power of persuasion. On the other side, a man who suffers, an untamed who lives in anger and needs to find some balance. These men were truly bonded by friendship, so well portrayed in several scenes. Yet, their natures are incompatible. I don’t find enough words to describe the phenomenal performances by Joaquin Phoenix, with his unforgettable laugh, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, in another masterpiece from ‘Master’ Anderson.

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