Are you looking for a Blu-ray movie that you would like to see for multiple times and each time you’ll intuitively sense something different but it’s hard to searching for words to describe just what that is? Then Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest movie “The Master”, bearing three Oscar nominations and a shelf of critics’ awards, is definitely one of this kind. It’s going to be released on Blu-ray on Feb 26, 2013. You can grab one and take your time to slowly discover and assimilate it.
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Price Carson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Ambyr Childers
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Master” is Anderson’s boldest experiment yet with narrative form. The story unfolds in a manner that maybe you’ve never seen before, with entrancing images, hypnotic sound and enthralling performances. It seems like that “The Master” tells a story of two outsiders who share a mysterious connection, but you cannot easily find a clear focus or a complete “journey” of main characters which you can obviously see in other normal movies.
Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) is a World War II Navy veteran, and the war simply enlarged the fractures that life had already cracked into his character. He drinks indiscriminately; is obsessed with sex; and is prone to sudden violent outbursts and physical confrontations. After the war, he’s unable to hold down a steady job.
During an escape from an altercation with fellow workers, Freddie hops onto a yacht departing San Francisco Bay by chance. The temporary captain is Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who promotes and develops a therapy-cum-philosophy “The Cause”. However, this movie is either about Dodd’s home-baked philosophy nor Freddie’s self-discovery, it’s more about the unique relationship between the two men.
At first, Dodd’s wife, Peggy (Amy Adams), finds encouraging that Freddie inspired Dodd, but before long she’s become distrustful of Freddie’s sexual proclivities, which Peggy somehow seems to sense in her husband as well.
Throughout the film, Dodd repeatedly tells Freddie he’s sure they’ve met. When Dodd eventually “remembers” their meeting, you may think that they could almost be aspects of the same person. Though they are separated at the end of the film (obviously at Peggy’s insistence), no one is certain that the separation is permanent. Maybe another phone call will bring them back together again, just like what happened before.
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