Dragonknight’s review published on Letterboxd:
Joaquin Phoenix’s performance is the heart of Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest masterpiece. His body language, the way he talks, the way he walks, all help create a multidimensional character who may be one of the saddest and most pathetic characters in the history of cinema. A WWII veteran who is hunted by the terror of war and has lost everything that defines a normal human being. There is no such thing as sympathy for others and his instincts are driving him toward self-destruction. He turns into a pet for The Master. We never know if The Master believes in his own religion or he is just someone who tries to make money by deceiving others. This is a great part of the story which adds to the never ending vagueness that is a critical part of this movie.
The movie tries to explain that tough times like war result in rise of groups like “The Cause”, but it never judges this situation. It is the natural way of our society, isn’t it? Nature always corrects itself. The Master tries to correct the human race by asking them to find dark spots of their past lives. This is retribution.
This is a movie that proves the genius of many people: Paul Thomas Anderson, Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Mihai Malmaire, and Johnny Greenwood. A movie that will be a shining star of the second decade of 21st century.