David Ayers wrote and directed
The incredible performances by co-stars
But Ayers adds a welcome dose of great adult humor to offset the graphic reality on the screen. The fast-paced scenes are all heart-pounding and the plot unfolds with ever-increasing tension. This may be the
There will be boredom
So, after viewing the highly touted
As "The Master," Phillip Seymour Hoffman gives an intriguing performance. He exudes confidence, calm and prosperity — on the surface — and assures Freddie Quell (Phoenix) that he can help the troubled man find inner peace.
Some may say that Phoenix is brilliant here, but the tortured, twisted physicality is a distraction. His Freddie is a frightened, frightening animal and it's difficult to see why The Master and his group tolerate having him around.
Amy Adams is excellent as the ever-smiling wife of The Master. Hands folded demurely in her lap, she is a force stronger than her husband.
Beautiful photography and music throughout this movie are soothing counterpoints to the perplexing, frustrating chaos that is "The Master" itself. As an art form, it may be a great film but as a story, it feels pointless and self-indulgent.
JOHN DEPKO is a retired senior investigator for the Orange County public defender's office. He lives in Costa Mesa and works as a licensed private investigator.