#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Following his discharge from the US Navy after WWII, Freddie Quell is having difficulties adjusting to non-military life partly due to his war experiences in the tropics. He has a violent temper. He is obsessed with sex, which is partly why he can’t and won’t commit to his teenaged girlfriend, Doris Solstad. And he is an alcoholic, drinking primarily concoctions he creates himself with dangerous ingredients. It is these factors in combination that lead to him being fired from one job after another, from department store portrait photographer to cabbage picker. Wandering one night in 1950 while drunk, he stumbles upon a yacht being used by Lancaster and Peggy Dodd, the yacht aboard which their daughter Elizabeth will get married. Feeling a connection to the stranger, Lancaster invites Freddie to stay aboard to work. In addition to that work, Lancaster indoctrinates him into his cult, named the Cause, which purports to do things as varied as cure serious maladies and create world peace. Peggy, Elizabeth and Elizabeth’s husband Clark all subscribe to and support Lancaster’s teachings. The only one of the Dodd family that doesn’t is Lancaster and Peggy’s son, Val Dodd, who believes his father is just making things up as he goes along. Because of being lost psychologically, Freddie is easy prey, he who is looking for something or someone to guide him to a higher plane. But as Freddie travels with the Dodd family as they spout the gospel, he and the Dodds may become at odds with each other if Freddie cannot or does not find from them and the Cause what he needs in life to survive emotionally.
Plot: Freddie, a volatile, heavy-drinking veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, finds some semblance of a family when he stumbles onto the ship of Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of a new “religion” he forms after World War II.
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Critically-Acclaimed Film with Outstanding Performances Left Me Surprisingly Cold
This is one of those films which the critics were nearly-unanimous in offering universal praise and yet audiences seemed to be relatively dismissive. (The film didn’t quite make back its money at the box office.) The performances of Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Hoffman, and the rest of the cast were outstanding, along with the dialog which seems perfectly suited to its characters. Even the sets of the late 1940’s and early 1950’s were superb. And there are a number of surprising moments in which you don’t know where the story is headed. However, by the film’s end, I felt like there was something missing, as if the filmmakers were reluctant to take a risk with the material and say something about their subject through the story. About the last half of the film, the story meanders and never finds again its pace or goal.
The film is about the obsession of cult groups which try to answer life’s riddles for troubled people. In this case, the group and its leader appear very loosely inspired by Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard, called “the Cause” whose leader is Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman). Although Hoffman plays the title role, the story is really about an ex-naval officer Freddie Quell (Phoenix) who is suffering from PTSD as a result of his involvement in World War II. After the war, he is a lost soul roaming through life with a series of misadventures, such as attacking a customer when he works for a department store as a photographer, or accidentally offering a poisonous drink to a migrant worker.
At his lowest point, he wakes up on board some kind of small yacht and meets a strange man, Lancaster Dodd, who informs him he’s aboard his ship at Quell’s request, although our protagonist can’t remember having boarded. Quell learns about Dodd at their first meeting who states “I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist and a theoretical philosopher, but above all, I am a man, a hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you.” He also says people attack him for his “dangerous” ideas. Slowly, Quell learns that Dodd is head of some kind of an underground movement combining philosophy and pseudo-science and publishes books on some far-fetched ideas which probably have no scientific basis. Dodd is often referred to as simply “Master” by members of this group. Dodd and his group believe the way to “heal” troubled people is by cleansing their souls through a hypnotic process which attempts to heal injuries inflicted during past lives.
Probably the most compelling part of the film is the first half, where we as the audience learn about Dodd and the Cause through the eyes of Quell. The most captivating moment is when Dodd is accused of not only illegally accepting a large donation from a philanthropist through a foundation, but practicing medicine without a license. I thought the film would focus on these accusations, but then the film leaves these indictments far behind. Afterwards, the film meanders, a bit like Quell at the beginning. The film becomes an episodic montage of interesting moments which are rather disconnected. By film’s end, I didn’t feel much more was revealed about Dodd and his Cause than when Quell first joined during the first third of the film.
Although all the acting is right on the money including outstanding performances by Hoffman and Phoenix, and the script dialog was absolutely true the characters, the entire film was kind of dissatisfying. We as the audience are given hints of the politics of Dodd and his inner circle but often these ideas are never fully developed. Also, much screen time was devoted to many of the “past life” sessions conducted by Dodd, but I think at some point it became wasted screen time. After 3 or 4 sessions, I pretty much understood the idea but instead countless others are offered without giving much insight into Dodd and who he is. By film’s end, “The Master” was more like a character study than a story. A noble effort that wasn’t quite there for me.
insanity of belief
Paul Thomas Anderson has so far been quite possibly the best director of his generation: “Boogie Nights”, “Magnolia” and “There Will Be Blood”. Now comes “The Master”. You may have heard that it’s about a religion similar to Scientology, but that description alone doesn’t do the movie justice. In addition to posing the question of the religion’s authenticity, the movie also poses the question of society’s authenticity in general.
Joaquin Phoenix plays Freddie Quell, a jaded WWII vet. One evening, he happens onto the boat of Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Dodd is the leader of what he calls The Cause, a new type of philosophical movement that he is trying to spread. Dodd decides to take Freddie under his wing. But over time, Freddie begins to question Dodd’s methods, eventually suspecting that The Cause is less a philosophy than a cult.
The plot carries two meanings. Freddie’s role in the religious cult is little different from his place in the world before that. His short temper and drinking problem had kept him from holding down a job prior to joining The Cause. Post-war America, supposedly the supreme manifestation of idealism, was not going to be the true panacea for Freddie. Can American society simply not something what it is professed to be?
In addition to Phoenix and Hoffman, the movie also turns in fine performances from Amy Adams, Laura Dern, and several others. The boat’s wake constitutes some of the most impressive cinematography ever. The year is not over, so I don’t know if it’s safe to call “The Master” the best movie of the year, but it’s up there. It’s one that you gotta see.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 18 min (138 min)
Director Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer Paul Thomas Anderson
Actors Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 3 Oscars. 75 wins & 187 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Datasat, Dolby Digital, 70 mm 6-Track
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision 65 HR Camera, Panavision System 65, Hasselblad and Kowa Super 66 Fisheye Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2, Panavision Ultra Speed Z-Series MKII and Zeiss Jena Lenses, Panavision Panaflex System 65 Studio, Panavision System 65, Hasselblad and Kowa Super 66 Fisheye Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (35mm processing and photochemical timing), FotoKem Laboratory, Burbank (CA), USA (65mm dailies, processing and photochemical timing)
Film Length (8 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 50D 5203, Vision3 250D 5207, Vision3 200T 5213), 65 mm (Vision3 50D 5203, Vision3 250D 5207, Vision3 200T 5213)
Cinematographic Process Panavision Super 70 (source format), Spherical (source format) (some scenes)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 2383), 70 mm (partial blow-up) (Kodak Vision 2383), D-Cinema