The Master

The Master ★★★★½

The Master is, for lack of a better term, a MASTERFULLY done film. It's amazingly shot with some of the best camerawork of the last decade. Its two lead actors give phenomenal performances. The score complements the action of the plot wonderfully. It is quite an amazing film.

Its one and only shortcoming, I think, is its accessibility--which you could say is quite a big shortcoming, or you could say that the film is such an amazing piece of work that it doesn't even matter. It's not an easy film to take in and process, and even the brightest of viewers could still walk away from it without fully understanding what they just saw. Whether that matters or not, depends on the individual, but to me, it is a slight shortcoming, so I'm giving it 4.5 stars rather than a full 5. It is an utterly amazing piece of filmmaking, though.