Saturday, 15 February 2014

The Master with Philip Seymour Hoffan

The Master was also seen on TV and a curious film, the last of Philip Seymour Hoffman with Jaquin Pheonix and Amy Adams. Pheonix plays someone who had a good second World war and finds it difficult to settle down and is drawn to Hoffman who heads a religious cult with anything goes sex between its members which fits into Pheonix’s obsession with the subject. The extent to which he becomes the right hand man of the cult alienates him from other members with a longer track record and at one point he leaves and goes on the road and in search of the love of his life who he abandoned after the war only to find she is married and settled. He returns to cult but is forced into a choice of devoting the rest of his life to The Cause or leaving. I am not clear what we are supposed to conclude from the ending or what the film is actually about.

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