The Master

The Master ★★★★★

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This review may contain spoilers.

"If you figure a way to live without serving a master, any master, then let the rest of us know, will you? For you'd be the first person in the history of the world."

That's the line that, over two hours into my third viewing of The Master, turned me from skeptical agnostic to born-again believer. Sure, I'd thoroughly enjoyed my previous viewings of the film: first time round I was was left stunned by the quality of the acting and cinematography; and on my second viewing I was sure that I'd witnessed something special - I just couldn't quite place my finger on what set this above the rest of PTA's work. But on the third viewing, it all fell wondrously into place.

This film can be interpreted in countless ways, but it was with Freddie's character with whom I identified. At the start of the film he is aimless; by the end he is free. At first I pitied him; when the credits rolled I admired him. He had nothing to live for; now the world's his oyster. For he is his own master, and I for one hope to someday be as free as him.

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