It should come as no surprise that we love the films of Paul Thomas Anderson. Since BOOGIE NIGHTS (and even the earlier HARD EIGHT) we have appreciated his kinetic and visual mastery, his grasp of ensemble casts and his heart. Like its predecessor THERE WILL BE BLOOD, THE MASTER gives us a great performance for the ages. This time it is Joaquin Phoenix, though Philip Seymour Hoffman also provides a huge, memorable characterization in the title role. Both will likely be remembered at Oscar time.
Critics have been effusive about THE MASTER. Todd McCarthy of Hollywood Reporter calls it "bold", "challenging" and "a must for serious audiences." Karina Longworth of the Village Voice says it is "a film of breathtaking cinematic romanticism." Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal uncorks a big bottle of praise when he says: "as gifts to homo sapiens go, it's a rich one." Linda Holmes of NPR calls THE MASTER "gorgeous to look at and an absolute feast of strong and interesting acting." These are just a few voices from what has swollen into a chorus of praise for this remarkable film.
THE MASTER opens this Friday in selected markets. See it at an Alamo Drafthouse near you.