THE MASTER – FILM MAKING FROM THE WRONG SIDE OF THE BRAIN

Paul Thomas Anderson is a terrific filmmaker. PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE, MAGNOLIA, BOOGIE NIGHTS, all wonderfully made films.

 

THE MASTER, too, is pristinely made; epic in size and ambition, it’s a totally accomplished piece of filmmaking.  The photography is exceptional.  The performances are Oscar-worthy.  The story is interesting.  And the reviews in the New York Times, New Yorker and Rolling Stone say it’s an “American Classic.”

 

So what’s the problem?

 

The problem is we just don’t care.

 

There’s no character for us to hook in to emotionally or in any other way.  The filmmaker was so busy making a piece of art, and it is in some ways, that he forgot the human element.

 

We access movies through characters and we watch these characters with a kind of fascination, but unfortunately, it’s not enough.

 

We remain on the outside of THE MASTER, when we want to be inside, where we go with all the best movies.

 

For my list of 35 MUST SEE movies, check out page 127 of THE LAST WORD – Definitive Answers to All Your Screenwriting Questions.

 

 

 

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