Flash Movie Review: The Master

The word “master” comes with several connotations. If I hear master crafter, I think of a skilled creator. When a person is referred to as the master of the house, I think of slavery. The title of this dramatic movie was a perfect choice. Freddie Quell, played by Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line, Hotel Rwanda), was a naval veteran who had a gift for making alcohol, out of a variety of substances. A majority of his life had been spent in a haze of drunkenness. When Freddie met the charismatic Lancaster Dodd, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman (Moneyball, Doubt), he hoped to find some clarity in his life. Lancaster saw something in Freddie that could be purged with his help. The two men began a tumultuous relationship; Freddie would become both a guinea pig and an example of Lancaster’s unorthodox methods. Staging assemblies around the country, Lancaster’s fervent beliefs began to attract followers. If for nothing else, the amazing acting from Joaquin has to be seen. Besides his explosive, emotional rants; his physical transformation was mind blowing. Pitting him with Philip should easily earn the two Oscar nominations, in my opinion. As for the story, I found it tedious and wordy. Scenes that were carefully detailed did not help with the drawn out passages that I found boring. There were parts that made no sense to me and Amy Adams (Trouble with the Curve, The Fighter) as Lancaster’s wife Peggy was underutilized.  She was the wrong choice for the role.  Without excuses or making judgements, this movie simply presented a man with his flock; others could interpret it as the master and his cult.

 

2 1/2 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on September 28, 2012, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. It’s too bad, I’ve enjoyed all three major actors in other projects but this movie is getting consistantly poor reviews. Not sure how you found your way over, but thanks for stopping at Boomdeeadda.

  2. That’s a shame to hear that about Amy Adams. I haven’t seen this one but your review was interesting to read and became yet another reminder that I really should!

  3. I agree with your review–and I did feel the acting between Hoffman and Phoenix was superb and Oscar worthy. Phoenix seem to truly embody this character–fully immersed in this bizarre world he literally stumbled upon. I was pleasantly surprised at his portrayal, in a role so easily over-acted into a caricature in the wrong hands.

    I admire the unique quality of PT Anderson’s work, so I forgive him for the occasional scene that is less than riveting. The photography, I thought was stunning, and the attention to set detail impressive.

    I always wait impatiently for the release of another piece of Anderson’s artistry, because he is ever-evolving, and never fails to surprise and entertain.

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