What it’s up for: Leading Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress

Not gonna lie, I don’t get this movie. I mean, I *get* it. I get what the plot is supposed to be about but I don’t understand the point. It really might just be because I was ridiculously tired while I was watching it (and falling asleep during the long gaps between lines of dialogue). I honestly don’t know.

The main storyline of The Master is that Joaquin Phoenix is a Naval veteran from World War II who is trying to figure out what to do with his life when he accidentally stumbles upon a cult led by Philip Seymour Hoffman. The plot is interesting enough, but plays out strangely. It’s very slow and there doesn’t seem to be much of an end goal to the storyline. I mostly spent the movie asking “why is this happening?” and “what is going on?”.

The acting was quite good, though. Joaquin basically played a character not too far off from his own crazy self so it was probably not too hard. Phillip Seymour Hoffman was good as well but I was most drawn to Amy Adam’s acting out of all of them. She played the wife of Hoffman and seemed to portray this aura of power throughout the film that suggested she was the real authority behind the cult. However, her character wasn’t developed very thoroughly so that concept never came to any real completion.