Paul Thomas Anderson’s eagerly anticipated follow up to the stunning There Will Be Blood is coming, and Chicago get a special taste of the film today. Unfortunately for us here in the UK, we have no hope of making this special one-off screening, but we can enjoy the trailer released to promote it!
The new trailer finally features a good amount of footage of Amy Adams (who has been rather absent from the previous trailers), and not only do we get some terrific talky bits from Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman, we also get a taste of Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood’s score. Now, if you remember the music genius delivered one of the strangest and powerful soundtracks ever in There Will Be Blood, and judging by the gorgeous yet haunting sounds, he is set to do it all over again here. How can The Master possibly go wrong?
There has also been a lot of talk of the film being loosely based on L. Ron Hubbard’s story, he being the man who founded Scientology. The character in the film who it is thought is Hubbard is played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, and while it is still unclear whether the film is indeed about Scientology, Hoffman offered this when speaking with EW recently:
“It’s not the L. Ron Hubbard story. [Scientology] was one of the bigger movements at the time, but there were a lot of movements at that time. There’s nothing about how I’m behaving or talking that echoes [Hubbard]. I thought of a lot of other bigger-than-life personalities, charismatic people like Orson Welles. Joaquin’s character is like a beaten dog, no matter where he goes, [he] gets into severe trouble. And somehow I’m able to deal with him.”
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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, and Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood created the score.
A striking portrait of drifters and seekers in post World War II America, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master unfolds the journey of a Naval veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) who arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future — until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Starring Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Dern.
By Matt Wavish