Paul Thomas Anderson’s highly anticipated follow up to There Will Be Blood, The Master, had a special screening last weekend, and the very hush hush preview received some glowing reviews from fans. One viewer said the following:
“I’m still digesting everything I saw, but it was pretty amazing. It was like a strange fever dream. [But] not audience friendly AT ALL. An ambiguous ending and not one likable character. And without any ‘milkshake’ lines, it probably won’t have the breakthrough that There Will Be Blood had… There are three or four scenes between Phoenix and Hoffman that are barn burners. It also containts the best work Amy Adams has ever done… Phoenix WILL win Best Actor unless Daniel Day Lewis blows us away with [his] Lincoln performance. This isRaging Bull territory for him. Believe it or not, his performance is stranger than that fake doc he made. The only way I can describe him is ‘animalistic.’ (I think the Master title refers to more of a dog and his master. At least that was the vibe I got).. The style feels like Terrence Malick by way of There Will Be Blood.”
With things looking very promising for the film, which has also had its US release brought forward a month and it being included in the Venice Film Festival, a new poster has been revealed and we can show it here in all its blue coloured glory! The poster is quite cool, although the rather excellent design of the original wine bottle poster will take some beating. Here the film, influenced by the creation of Scientology, boasts a new poster which heavily features the main cast in a cool blue colour for an interesting and arresting effect. Check it out at the bottom of this post.
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Arriving in UK cinemas on 9th November, the film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Rami Malek, Laura Dern and Jesse Plemons. Anderson both wrote and directed the film which is influenced by the story of L. Ron Hubbard’s creation of Scientology.
A 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as “the Master” whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man.
By Matt Wavish