The Master (2012)

The Master (2012)
  • Time: 144 min
  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams


After returning from the Second World War, having witnessed many horrors, a charismatic intellectual creates a faith-based organization in an attempt to provide meaning to his life. He becomes known as “The Master”. His right-hand man, a former drifter, begins to question both the belief system and The Master as the organization grows and gains a fervent following.

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  • This film is a must watch and definitely one of the best of 2012,top ten. Complaints about character development are ridiculous, because all we need to know about the characters is told in a superb way.

    The two hours and so weren’t enough, this film had so many curious cinematography aspects and a so beautiful jazz’s based soundtrack that these couple of things alone may affect you for doing a re- watch.

    Joaquin Phoenix did a very good job as Freddie, the ‘animal’ man which Lancaster Dodd aka The Master, the leader of a cult followed religious movement, interpreted by Phillip Seymour Hoffman, is obsessed to convert. Freddie follows his own orders though, he is free of any kind of control in this world, and in the end he don’t looks as crazy as we thought.

    Lacanster ideas have plenty in common with the creator of the Scientology ,L. Ron Hubbard. In fact, this film already drew lots of comparisons and controversies because the critiques and similarities of the personal life of Hubbard with Lancaster’s character.

    And in the end, the film shows that not only these ‘Cult’ movements are responsible for the alienation of people, but also that everyone in the world follows a master, except those persons who are considered crazy exactly because they don’t follows a master, and therefore no orders and laws. May I ask if they are so crazy?

    It’s for you to decide. I have my own answer.

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