The Master ★★★

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I appreciated The Master the first time I saw it, but didn't really like it that much. The funny thing is that after watching Inherent Vice and reading some interviews with Anderson I seem to like parts of the film more than I remember. Then I watched it again and it seems like a much better film than the first two times. Visually it's quite stunning but the acting is the warm, beating heart of the film. Joaquin Phoenix goes for broke with his performance, distorting his face and body as a man traumatized by war and unable to establish any meaningful relationships until he meets Philip Seymour Hoffman's character. It's a sad and beautiful film that seems to get better with age.