i pathologically like movies. Reviews are based on no consistent metric.
as Letterboxd user @Reinier_Zouw put it “A sickos masterpiece”
i don’t think i really liked this movie that much being that i’m not the biggest horror fan. the premise was absolutely bonkers but you could tell that James Wan knew exactly what he wanted to do and let nothing get in his way. it’s extremely well done (for what it is) and that’s all because of him.
those action set pieces were amazing! the fight at the Macao fight club especially. really great stuff. i think this suffers from the same Marvel phase four problem as Black Widow in that every stand alone story must build on the stakes established in the earlier films. i’m not the first one to notice this, but every “third act” feels like it must have devastating, universe altering consequences. often times this results in a big cataclysmic mess and i find…
Roger Ebert says of The Master:
“fabulously well-acted and crafted, but when I reach for it, my hand closes on air. It has rich material and isn't clear what it thinks about it.”
i struggled to find a meaning, or any key takeaways after watching The Master. i anticipated a pointed criticism of religious cults or scientology specifically and it never seemed to manifest itself. i walked away confused and frankly frustrated.
that being said, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix were simply superb. beautiful cinematography as always.
i’d love to hear what others have to say about this one.