Reader’s review published on Letterboxd:
In my first viewing, I felt it was incredible but really slow. And yet, with this viewing, shamefully only my second considering it's existed for nearly four years now, I found it flew by. I wanted more.
I found myself much more invested with Phoenix's flawed character immediately than I previously had been. Hoffman is incredible, as always, and there's several other great performances. Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons, Laura Dern, etc.
But at the end of the day, it's Paul Thomas Anderson at his best, writing and directing something incredibly original centering around deep, complex, intense human emotions and fascinating and flawed characters. It's beautifully shot, has great music and it's full of memorable and engrossing scenes. I'm so close to considering this a perfect movie, so close. It's Anderson's (fourth) masterpiece and I definitely won't be waiting as long for my third viewing.