One of the best aspects of the fall movie season is that we often get a group of great actors, who have never acted together on screen before, gathered together for the first time in one movie. “The Master” brings together Academy Award Winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Academy Award Nominee Amy Adams and the return of Academy Award Nominee Joaquin Phoenix.
The year is 1950 and Freddie Quell (Phoenix) is a World War II veteran trying to find his place in the world. He drifts around from being a department store photographer to a beach bum. He is a lost soul. One night he stows away on a boat where author Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman) is having a party. Dodd is the leader of a new faith based organization known as The Cause, where he is referred to as “The Master”. Freddie is immediately drawn to Dodd and the movie focuses on the twos relationship and what effect they have on each other’s lives.
Joaquin announced his retirement from acting a few years ago. After that he was best known for his odd appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. He makes his triumphant return to acting in “The Master”. He is sure to grab plenty of acting nominations when award season comes around because he takes his craft to a whole other level in this movie.