At the movies: The Master
Freddie Quell (played by Joaquin Phoenix) returns from the war a broken man. After losing his job because of a violent outburst, he drifts aimlessly for a little while and finally finds himself involved with Lancaster Dodd (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman), the leader of The Cause , a cult-like organization.
My friend and I haven’t been to many movies lately because nothing has appealed to us. When we saw The Master was getting rave reviews, we decided to give it a try, and we were both disappointed. As a matter of fact, we thought about leaving the movie early but hoped that it would redeem itself but, for us, it never did.
The movie is loosely based on Scientology, but it just didn’t work for me. I think my biggest problem with the movie was that I didn’t understand the motivation behind Dodd’s movement. He didn’t come across as charismatic to me so I couldn’t understand why people were following him. I really didn’t understand how Freddie became involved with him either. Maybe the movie was just over my head!
Even though I didn’t enjoy The Master, I have to admit that much of the acting in it was superb, particularly by Phoenix and Hoffman. I won’t be surprised if Phoenix receives an Oscar nomination for his role. Even so, I would recommend waiting for the DVD of this one.