CAST & CREW
The film follows a World War II veteran, Freddie Quell and his inexplicable thirst for anything slightly alcoholic. After the war, Freddie tries to live a normal life, but he seems to be quite bad at normal. Freddie finds himself on the cruise ship of Lancaster Todd, a radical thinker, author and the leader of a cult called “The Cause.” Lancaster invites Freddie to stay on his ship in exchange for his “special skill”, making liquor out of paint thinner. Freddie finds himself drawn to the lifestyle of Todd and agrees to join “The Cause.” He becomes devoted to Todd, and they set out to spread their views. What we are given is a swirl of adventures with a dab of Scientology reference.
‘ The Master” piqued the interest of a lot of people, as it was from Paul Thomas Anderson, the director of “There Will be Blood”, a critically acclaimed masterpiece. The film is a delight visually, and coupled with the music, it was stunning and captivating. The way that Freddie and Todd merge and diverge from each other is epic, and Joaquin Phoenix and Hoffman have done a wonderful job at portraying such turbulent personas. The characters are well-placed, and the story has promised.
Joaquin Phoenix, as the troubled soul, torn apart by war, finding purpose with a new order is immensely gratifying to watch. Phillip Hoffman inspires as the temporarily charismatic leader Amy Adams surprises us with one of her best performances, the underlying subtleties, and nuances exhibited by her were captivating. The rest of the crew did their job dutifully in this visually enticing movie.
1. Watching Freddie finding a new cause in his life.
2. The background music and the cinematography.
3. The acting talents of the cast.
4. The Scientology underneath.
What’s not there?
1. Todd,who is shown as an influential leader, does not inspire anyone other than Freddie.
2. The movie is not Paul Thomas Anderson’s best(keeping “There Will be Blood” in mind).
3. The climax of the film makes us wonder, “Was Freddie even significant?”.
This will be a fun way to spend your afternoon if your idea of fun is watching a war-torn man being stitched together and made run rampant. I would suggest it to my friends in a whim.
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