In his latest creation, The Master, Anderson marries disturbing imagery, uncomfortable situations and a well-rounded cast to take the film to another level.
The Master centers around Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix), a troubled veteran of WWII who is having difficulty returning to civilian life. Freddie is an unpredictable loner, whose only allegiance is alcohol. Throughout the film, Freddie drifts from job to job with disastrous results.
However, that all changes when one morning, and in a drunken stupor, Freddie finds himself in front of Lancaster Dodd a.k.a “The Master” (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a charismatic and multi-talented leader of a cult-like group known as “The Cause”.
Lancaster takes Freddie under his wing and subjects him to a variety of stages, ultimately meant to heal and mellow Freddie’s rebelliousness and dependency on alcohol.
The Master is intense and at times difficult to absorb, but at the same time very thought-provoking.
The film’s cast is what makes The Master truly shine. Not only do Phoenix and Hoffman give outstanding performances, but Amy Adams, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Lancaster’s wife, also stands out.
Edited: February 27th, 2013