It looks like director Paul Thomas Anderson has another masterpiece on his hands. Stuff The Dark Knight RisesThe Master.
Okay, so I don’t mean to scorn Batman in any way. At all. It’s just that in my exploration into this forthcoming epic, I was genuinely shocked at how incredibly amazing this movie looks. This is going to be the best film of 2012. Possibly of the decade. Not convinced? Just check out this trailer, courtesy of The Playlist:
Wow, right? This clip alone was probably better than most feature films I’ve seen released this year. Here’s a bit of background if you need it: Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a charismatic intellectual with more than a whiff of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard coming off of himself, who launches a faith-based organization in the wake of World War II. Joaquin Phoenix plays a young drifter who joins the group and becomes Hoffman’s right-hand man, but later begins to doubt its ideals and ambitions. The Master marks the fifth collaboration between Anderson and Seymour Hoffman, who also appeared in his debut feature Hard Eight back in 1996, along with supporting roles in Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love.
As you can see from the trailer (unless you literally couldn’t watch it because your eyes were glazed over from Paul Thomas Anderson-induced rapture), it looks like it is stunningly shot. All the signs point to this film being one to immerse yourself in. Unfortunately, the movie isn’t due out until October. That gives me time to put things into perspective a bit, calm down a bit, and try not to think about Anderson’s past jaw-dropping accomplishments too much. Hopelessly inquisitive, just like Hoffman? For me, yes.