Let's face it: We've been in a bit of a box office slump in recent weeks. The movies currently playing at my local theater are just not enticing me to hit the theater. That's all about to change: Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master premieres tonight in New York City, and gets a limited release beginning this Friday. Hopefully they'll roll this movie out to other, smaller markets quickly. I can't wait to see it!
I'm a huge PTA fan from his early days (Boogie Nights blew my mind), and if reviews I'm reading are to be believed, Anderson's The Master might just be his masterpiece.The Master stars Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, so right there, you know you're going to see something amazing. The film tells the story of a hot-headed drifter, Freddie Quell (Phoenix), who joins up with a cult-like group led by Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman) and his wife, Mary Sue Dodd (Adams). And yes, this film may or may not be connected to Scientology. There are certainly parallels.
The reviews for The Master are glowing. Several major movie critics are throwing around words like "breathtaking" and "fierce" to describe the film. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone says not only is The Master "a great movie" and "the best of the year so far," it's also "a new American classic." Critic Glenn Kenny of MSN Movies says The Master is "Quite possibly the movie of the year, or the decade."
To say the positive reviews excite me is a gross understatement. I've been stoked for The Master for months now! Fans of Paul Thomas Anderson's films are in for a treat, I suspect. His movies are always gorgeously shot, and they make you think. He doesn't give you anything -- you have to work for it. And it seems, with The Master, PTA has given us the penultimate thinker film.