Thursday, February 07, 2013
The Master (2012) - Drama
It should be called an achievement of sorts for Joaquin Phoenix to quit acting and then do a come back in a superb movie “The Master” and get nominated for best actor @ Academy. Totally unbelievable performances by him, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams in the movie so much so that all of them got nominated in the respective best actor category. The best part of the movie is Joaquin and Philip’s screen time together – Brilliant – is not the word for it, you’ve got to see it to believe it. Intense and crackling chemistry between them is the high of the movie – yeah – it may not have any entertainment value and may be too subjective for everyone to digest but it is indeed one movie which will definitely invite discussions from all sides. We had to actually finish it – review it again and talk about it to grasp it in totality. Freddie (Joaquin) is a sex obsessed War Veteran who has a problem adjusting with the society after the war is over. He meets Lancaster Dodd (Philip) who is working on his own theory of healing people of their past traumas with his wife Peggy (Amy). I seriously doubt on what basis they have nominated Amy for this role and I will be totally shocked if she get it for this one but I guess both Joaquin and Philip deserve it big time for their respective roles. Hope they get their due this time. It’s a damn good one time watch for intense performances of its two lead stars – one which you will remember for quite a few years. Not to be missed by Drama lovers.