Official FilmCrave Staff Verdict: The Master Movie Review
By Chris Kavan - 10/09/12 at 07:31 PM CT
It's hard to imagine, but Oscar season is about to heat up. As we get closer and closer to the end of the year, Hollywood always seems to ramp up their contenders for the big awards show. That's not to say something that is released early in the year can't win (Hurt Locker comes to mind) but let's face it, most nominees seem to come out later in the year. This year, if I had to guess, films like Lincoln, Argo, Hyde Park on the Hudson and Silver Linings Playbook may all show up. That leads me to this week's staff review: The Master. Paul Thomas Anderson is no stranger to Oscar, but can his latest film follow suit?
The Official FilmCrave Staff Rating (Average): 2.5/4 Stars
Alex's Review 3/4: The Master
Alex is a bigger fan of There Will Be Blood than The Master, but he still feels quite strongly that this is a film that should be watched before Oscar season. He thinks this is movie to dwell on, and that if you wait longer after watching it, you will appreciate it more (I may have to re-examine my own outlook after a few weeks to see if I agree). While he doesn't think it will win Best Picture - a nomination is all but a lock. His full expectations might not have quite been met, but he was still impressed with the result.
Chris' Review 2.5/4: The Master
I had actually planned on watching this last week, but it just didn't work out. Luckily I caught this before it left theaters around here entirely. I have to say I wasn't sure what to expect, but I'm left a little disappointed. While the acting, cinematography and music are all top-notch, I can't say the story impressed me. I'm just not sure what to think - they throw a lot at you, and I just don't know what is supposed to stick. That being said, I still think this is worth watching - if for the performances alone. Just be aware, it certainly earns its R rating - don't watch it with your parents unless you want things to get awkward.
Nick's Review 2/4: The Master
Nick was even more harsh in his examination than I was. He thinks this falls in to that stereotypical Oscar category of overly-long, somewhat boring, meandering and ultimately unsatisfying in the story, especially the lack of conclusion. He does think the acting was well done - but the lack of focus cancelled out the performances in the end. He thinks this will be up for awards as well, but for all the wrong reasons.
Once again the staff average of 2.5/4 is lower than the FilmCrave.com all-around average (which, as of today, stands at 3.05/4 with 11 reviews). Even though the reviews vary, one thing I think all three of us can agree on is that the acting is superb. It's the story that will either make or break the film for you - you will either find it deep or infuriating (or, a little of both, like me). When it comes down to it, this is a film that will probably not appeal to a wide audience, but for those who keep an open mind (and like actors really getting into their roles) it's probably worth a look before Oscar season.