The Master: Master Class

by admin September 17, 2012 4:36 pm
The Master: Master Class

Five years after its release, Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood is looking more and more like one of the few genuine masterpieces of the young century, a film of such remarkable formal discipline, graceful, intensely dramatic storytelling and rich thematic content that it reminds you what cinema is capable of as an art form, as opposed to merely an entertainment delivery service. It's difficult for a filmmaker -- no matter how talented he or she is -- to make a movie that scales those lofty heights more than once during the course of their careers, let alone on back-to-back productions. So when I say that Anderson's latest movie The Master isn't as good as There Will Be Blood, that's somewhat akin to rating Da Vinci's "The Last Supper" just behind the "Mona Lisa." If The Master doesn't resonate as deeply as Blood -- a movie that burrowed so deeply into my mind, I felt compelled to see it at least four or five times in theaters and could probably watch on a 24/7 loop at home if I didn't have to worry about little things like eating and sleeping -- it's still a remarkable film, one whose stature may only grow through the years and multiple re-watches.

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