‘The Master’ Final Trailer: Rhythmic Storytelling Courtesy of P. T. Anderson

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s proclivity for epic storytelling amidst thought-provoking social and political commentary is but one of his many strengths. It seems that the reclusive director takes the lessons he has learned from every previous project and rolls them into whatever magnum opus he’s currently working on.

His newest film, The Master, is only a few weeks away from release, and by now P.T. Anderson fans know what to expect. But since it’s always nice to revel in a little beautiful cinematography every now and again, The Weinstein Company has released one last trailer to make sure every film lover’s appetite is sufficiently whetted.

The trailer merely teases the film’s story – which follows an ex-sailor who finds refuge in the teachings of a single man – but more than that, it evokes a rhythmic quality like that of the Coen Brothers’ trailer for A Serious Man. Much like the Coens, Anderson likes to use similar themes across all of his films, while still crafting experiences that feel who wholly original amongst the many sequels, prequels, reboots, and remakes out there.

Anderson has backed away from claims that the film’s central teachings are meant to mirror Scientology. In fact, the film appears to be as much an expose on cultish behavior as it is an endorsement of it.

Joaquin Phoenix, who plays the sailor wrapped up in the teachings of “the master,” is already garnering a healthy share of critical buzz, including high praise from his own director – who likens Phoenix’s dedication to the role to that of Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood. Equally notable is the performance of Phillip Seymour Hoffman (a frequent P.T. Anderson ensemble cast member), who plays the film’s eponymous master, Lancaster Dodd. There’s a reason Anderson’s films attract so much attention, and that partly rests with the actors he envisions for such specific roles.

Joaquin Phoenix in The Master2 The Master Final Trailer: Rhythmic Storytelling Courtesy of P. T. Anderson

For those that are lucky enough, there will be a limited run of 70mm showings of The Master, something today’s audiences have likely never experienced. As we said, the showings are extremely rare, so anyone who find him/herself lucky enough to be near one are strongly urged to attend.

The Master is out in theaters September 21st, 2012, and stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons, and Laura Dern.

Source: IMDB [via The Film Stage]

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  1. People will be amazed when they watch this masterpiece.


    Phoenix & Hoffman will win best leading and supporting actors

    • i must see it. the acting of phoenix looks so great and hoffman acts so mysterious a bit creepy. man, i hope that phoenix is just playing so brilliant and not that he is really freaked out. y ´all know that he was out of the hollywood glam world after – walk the line- and did a pseudo-documentary about his interviews and rap performances where he act like he is crazy. but, a little bit craziness is good for actors,like the great -klaus kinski-(nastasja kinskis father).

  2. I still wax lyrical about There Will Be Blood to people who have long since known to shut their ears to my ramblings. Well, get ready. PTA has another film coming out and I’m in the mood to ramble some more…

  3. It’s an interesting approach to the idea. There was a point in our evolution where the information in our brains exceeded that of our genetic codes, and we did surpass the level of “beast” he describes, but this turns that on its head to make thought itself a type of impulse instead of an agency to free us from impulse. The “thought” of course isn’t really thought in this case, but commands with the appearance of thought, if I read the trailer correctly.

  4. Landry is everywhere these days…XD