Freddie: "I don't know what I told you but if you have work for me to do I can do it."
Dodd: "You seem so familiar to me."
Freddie: "Yeah. What do you do?"
Dodd: "I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist and a theoretical philosopher. But above all, I am a man, a hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you."
is the long-awaited sixth feature film of director Paul Thomas Anderson
. It was released on September 14, 2012.
The film stars Joaquin Phoenix
as Freddie Quell, a misguided young man who, after demobilizing from World War II
, falls under the sway of charismatic cult leader Lancaster Dodd, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman
and his wife Peggy played by Amy Adams
. From there on, the film becomes a character study between Dodd and Freddie as their relationship varies between "Leader and Follower", "Teacher and Student", "Father and Son" and "Master and Slave".
The movie is a lushly filmed
, deeply complex portrayal of a broken man and the person who offers to redeem him. Like all of Anderson's previous films
, The Master
received positive reviews from critics with an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes and was nominated for three Academy Awards (Best Actor for Phoenix, Best Supporting Actor for Hoffman and Best Supporting Actress for Adams.). Audience reactions were more divided
, with many complaining of Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy
, and failed to make it's money back
. For cinephiles, the film's still worth watching at least once if only just to see what you get out of it.
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