The Master

The Master ★★★★½

Anderson's techniques are practically perfection. His themes are rich. The Master is a masterpiece, but still one of his weakest films. The occasional edit distracts and the seriousness of the storytelling makes it obvious when not every theme unifies towards any kind of satisfying final thesis. Still, those are my only complaints. The montages are transcendent, the music is mesmerising, and Phoenix and Hoffman are beyond superb. The Master is cinema of the mental and the physical, a true breakdown of broken people and the worlds that exploit them.

2012 Ranked
Paul Thomas Anderson Ranked

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