Pushkal’s review published on Letterboxd:
If you figure out a way to live without a master, any master, be sure to let the rest of us know, will you? for you would be the first person in the history of the world.
"The Master" set in post WW2, at it's heart is a character study of a lone drifter with a predisposition for erratic outbursts and debauchery, who eventually crosses path with a charismatic charlatan (Master) and forms an unlikely friendship which rest of the story circulates around.
Paul Thomas Anderson, never affronts this character for his decadent demeanor, rather paves the path for his sexually rewarding and freewheeling existence folllowing his dissention and disbelief for every notion this Master syndicates. A freewill over submission even if it costs friendship of a lifetime.
Every shot and frame felt like a hypnosis, almost made me feel like not blinking.
Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman, in unison lit up the screen and displayed two of the best acting performances ever.