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The Master Review

 The Master  Rating: 3.5/5

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Ratings:—-   Review By:  Anupama Chopra  Site: Star World 

A special mention here of Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, which also releases this week. This challenging, opaque, sad and strange film, about the leader of a cult in the 1950s and his disciple, has been debated and dissected since it premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year. So I’m not doing a lengthy review.I just want to say: Don’t miss it. The artistry here is staggering – the performances, cinematography, music and direction. Be warned that it isn’t easy or comforting or even fully comprehensible. But it’s an experience that you should make time for.

Ratings:3.5/5   Review By:  Gavin Rasquinha  Site: Times of India (TOI)

Set in the 1950s, the biggest theme of The Master is the disciple-mentor relationship that Quell and Dodd share. That, in effect, is the storyline. The cinematography (Mihai Malaimare, Jr.) is breathtaking and the music (Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood) is at times ominous, yet always augments the mood of a scene. This film is almost like a vehicle for Phoenix and Hoffman’s acting skills because both their performances are very engaging. Note: You will not like this film if you don’t like psychological dramas.

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  1. Pardon me, but if the Oscar has got a reputation of being the most bona fide platform to honour the best efforts in achieving cinematic excellence, why the hell was Paul Thomas Anderson’s THE MASTER missing from the nominations, this year??? No reason can justify or defend the blunder.

    THE MASTER is spectacular in visuals, splendid in performances, smart & sensible in writing and an absolute winner in the crafting and creating this amazing art-form. Inspired by famous American writer L. Ron Hubbard’s life, film deals with the limitations of human life in controlling its hardcore emotions that could lead him to crumble into violent-spoiled-irrepressible world of animal kingdom.

    A sex-deprived, self-centric, irascible, temperamental & alcoholic ex-naval marine, brilliantly played by Joaquin Phoenix, is trying his hard to gel with the society he’s been away from, since ages. In middle of the struggle, he bumps into a man on mission, fondly called as ‘the master’ by the group he leads and runs a self-help movement ‘the cause’ to reinvent-reform & restrict one’s present by practicing irrational-intuitive exercises. Philip Seymour Hoffman does a fantastic job as ‘the master’. He adds a certain spark to the character that only an actor of his calibre can do.

    THE MASTER is filled with many intriguing sequences that need to be experienced by serious cinema-lovers like the scene where phoenix is being grilled with questions by Hoffman and he is not allowed to even blink his eyes for once. One shot sequence and as a viewer, you feel the pain he’s been going through physically and emotionally; that’s the beauty of cinema. The best scene I have watched this year. Don’t miss it if you really believe in good artistic cinema beyond entertainment. [4/5]

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