This is the first PT Barnum flick I enjoyed too!
at long last, a p.t. anderson flick i can enjoy. this stresses the physicality promised in "there will be blood"'s weirdest sequences and avoids watering it down with grand self-importance. it helps that joaquin phoenix is so incredibly watchable (i'll take him any day over that lumbering white elephant daniel day lewis). not entirely less pseudo-profound than other andersons, but sticking to the body makes it work.
Felt kind of letdown that PTA held back the fist. It wasn't so much the anti-Scientology film that would have been really necessary these days, helping to destroy other, related cults, not to mention would have been a hell of a lot more surreal and one-of-a-kind, delving into pseudo-mysticism. Instead, got a well-done, but pretty typical American-style character piece, all-white 50's biopic.
1 star for Joaquin Phoenix, 1 star for Philip Seymour Hoffman. The rest I did not care for (no surprise, as I generally dislike PT Anderson). I found it directionless & dull. I will also never understand why PTA feels the need to make his characters break into song at pivotal moments in his films. So out of place, so awkward. Verging on laughable. A great way of ruining an otherwise serious, meaningful scene.
First time I don't like thaaat much a Paul Thomas Anderson film. It has a few good moments, especially Joaquin Phoenix awesome performance. But I didn't enjoy the whole. I really wonder why Laura Dern's character is vaguely shown and why Amy Adams doesn't show her breast. That's all folks.
This film is a blue ocean. Its look is mesmerizing, but the water is not drinkable.
The Master è un gioiello che funziona sotto tutti i punti di vista:quello tecnico,con una fotografia splendida ed un montaggio fluido ed avvolgente;quello narrativo,con una trama lineare che non sfocia mai nella facile retorica;quello degli attori,con un Phoenix stupendo leone in gabbia che cerca il suo posto nel mondo ed un grande Hoffman schiavo del suo personaggio costruito:Anderson si conferma grandissimo.4*
This film appeared to be more inspired by Wise Blood than it did Scientology. Very well conceived and executed with standout performances. Another great work for Anderson!
Some terrific performances here from Phoenix especially, as well as Hoffman and Amy Adams. It also contains some truly compelling scenes dealing with programming and the manipulation of family dynamic, So much of it is fascinating, that it's a shame most of the material doesn't justify the very slow pacing. Still worth a watch and easy to look at, but it's my least favorite of Anderson's films so far.
Beautifully shot and superior in my mind to There Will Be Blood. However, I've no idea why Anderson chose to focus on the arc of Phoenix's unsympathetic, gargoyle-faced drifter when Seymour Hoffman's is by far the more intriguing character study. The latter eats up every scene he's in. Script-wise one also wonders at times whether there's any real substance behind the style.
La recurrente imagen del océano que aparece como una puntuación en algunos de los momentos mas álgidos de The Master son el ejemplo mas claro del tipo de narración que elige PT Anderson para ésta, la que quizás sea su película menos interesada en mostrar una fuerza de ejecución imparable para centrarse, mejor, en un magnético relato sobre hombres bajo la influencia; el mar, movedizo, mezclado, impaciente y abismal.
Phoenix was brilliant. He nailed it... brilliant acting and body language. Freddie Quell is a trully great character. He would steal the show if only the support cast wasn't so good. What a shame (the great) Daniel Day-Lewis was nominated, if it wasn't for him Phoenix would've won Best Actor at the Oscars 2013 for sure.