I probably should have watched The Master some other time, since recent rumors about Joaquin Phoenix had me paying more attention to his performance and if he could pull off Doctor Strange* than the actual movie.
The story shows Phoenix’s character suffering what I assume is PTSD after World War II, becoming an aimless drunk, and stumbling into a cult (more or less early Scientology) run by Philip Seymour Hoffman (more or less L. Ron Hubbard). Amy Adams is Hoffman’s wife, Landry from FNL is his son, and Ambyr Childers is his hot daughter.
I think this is one of those movies I’m too much of a philistine to appreciate, because nothing about it seemed particularly interesting. Also, the title The Master will always make me think of the 80s TV show about the old white guy ninja, and not this movie.
* – I don’t see it. Doctor Strange is an egotistical materialistic surgeon, full of swagger. Then he gets in a car wreck and can’t operate anymore and he’s just broken and desperate to find some way to fix his hands. Then he’s a centered and confident Sorcerer Supreme. Nothing about any Joaquin Phoenix in this or any other movie I’ve seen him in says he’d be any good at any of that, other than broken and desperate. I think he’s a fine actor, but totally inappropriate for Doctor Strange.