Movie review: ‘The Master’ (VIDEO)
Anderson’s gorgeous, challenging ‘Master’
Viewers hoping for a juicy expose of the supersecretive Church of Scientology in “The Master” might want to adjust their expectations just a tad.
Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson has acknowledged that the cult leader of the film’s title – played with great bluster and bravado by Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of his longtime players – was inspired by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. And certain key phrases and ideas that are tenets of the church do show up in the film. There’s the notion that everything that shapes us is recorded from our earliest days, even in the womb, and that people can dig deep into their pasts – into past lives, even – to purge negative experiences and emotions and achieve a state of perfection.
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