Paul Thomas Anderson may have a better grasp of characterization than any filmmaker working today. For proof, look no further than The Master.
Often when thinking about Anderson's career, the films most pointed to are Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and There Will Be Blood, all of which deal with big themes and broad emotions on a large scale. Forgotten are the smaller, more intimate films like the eternally-overlooked Punch-Drunk Love and the all-but-forgotten Sidney (or Hard Eight; depends on who you talk to).
But with all the attention The Master has received this past year (including its three Oscar nominations), it seems like Anderson's latest offering may stick around in the collective cinematic consciousness.
The movie follows Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix), a naval veteran who's just returned from his tour in World War II. Our first impressions suggest that his experiences in the war may have driven him into a shell-shocked state, »
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