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A Masterpiece, yet polarizing,
This review is from: The Master (DVD)
I was blown away by this film. The psychological realism is very demented and disturbing. I can understand why many are turned off by it. I talked to one person who said they didn't like the movie because the main characters had no redeeming qualities. Well, that's why I like the movie. So to see the film as a masterpiece first requires one to have a certain taste, to have an appreciation of characters and drama that are not attractive. Yes, the characters are disgusting, evil people, played ridiculously well by the actors. Yes, the psychological drama is absurd and revolting. This is an extremely dark film, I'd say much darker than PTA's last outing. It delves deep into human psychology, especially qualities of fear, delusion, exploitation, and rage, uncharted territory that is not commonly explored in mainstream cinema. Most do not want to explore these qualities of humanness at such an intimate level, most go to the movies for escapism and do not find as much entertainment in such forced introspection. Anyway, this film is the best I've seen in a long time. I expect it will be talked about for ages, reevaluated throughout the years and shown to be a stunning portrait of the underbelly of Americana.
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Initial post: Mar 1, 2013 9:32:22 PM PST
A. B. Huxtable says:
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2013 4:08:12 AM PST
Timothy W. Moraca says:
Thanks for the review, Ebert. You've proven my point.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2013 11:52:20 AM PST
The movie you call disgusting garbage happens to be the best movie that came out in the past year
from the best filmmaker of our time. so you saying it was disgusting garbage proves my point that great movies aren't even being recognized anymore.
Posted on Mar 2, 2013 5:35:54 PM PST
So, no one saying this about L Ron Hubbard and Scientology?
Posted on Mar 4, 2013 5:23:18 PM PST
S. Campbell says:
"This is an extremely dark film, I'd say much darker than PTA's last outing." ... really? Darker than ''There Will Be Blood''? I would have to disagree.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2013 6:00:40 PM PST
Timothy W. Moraca says:
Yes in my humble opinion I thought this was psychologically darker than TWBB, and I think the public's general reactions to this film reflect that.
Posted on Mar 6, 2013 6:30:01 PM PST
J. Koerner says:
Film.com states that the DVD includes 20 minutes not in the final cut, yet the Amazon listing says no extras. Which is it??
Posted on Mar 19, 2013 7:01:36 PM PDT
Reference 54 says:
Finally watched it, last night. Brilliant...on all counts!!!! I was convinced that Daniel Day-Lewis deserved a win, for Lincoln. But after seeing this, I now think it should have been a draw...giving Phoenix an Oscar, too. Waltz and Hoffman could have also shared the award.
This is not a film that you can just casually decide to throw on. This is a work, which requires the viewer to prepare for an experience. It's both extremely disturbing and undeniably beautiful. PTA does it, again!
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2013 12:10:14 PM PDT
Mark O. Avery says:
Yours is the compelling statement aside from my admiration of Hoffman and Phoenix
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2013 10:06:06 AM PDT
No one is saying that because it isn't. Even the director said so. It's a parody of Dianetics and a praise of drug and alcohol abuse. Did you see the film? I did, and was not impressed. This review however is well written.
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