After years of mystery and a lot of rumors, we've finally got our first look at Paul Thomas Anderson's new film The Master. Previous reports have said that it focuses on Philip Seymour Hoffman as a cult leader not unlike Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, but if you take a look at this brand new teaser trailer, which debuted at the film's official site, you'll see pretty much none of that. Instead the focus is pretty much entirely on Joaquin Phoenix, as a character who seems to be in a lot of trouble but doesn't quite grasp it. Take a look below.
From what we know, Phoenix plays a character who becomes the right-hand man to Philip Seymour Hoffman's leader, a drifter who gets caught up in the movement of this new… cult? Religion? Amy Adams is also on board, along with Laura Dern. At this point we know so little for certain about the plot it seems silly to speculate further, but suffice it to say this is not at all what I was expecting from our first look at the film. The focus on Phoenix, the deliberate mystery about exactly what he did and his mental state, and the rhythmic score that accompanies the flashbacks-- it's all very deliberate and intriguing, but gives us very little sense of what the actual movie might be like.
But you know what? That's kind of exactly what you want from a teaser. We still don't know what Hoffman's cult leader character will be like, we still don't really know the deal with Phoenix's, and that leaves us even more to find out when The Master finally opens October 12. Let us know what you think of this brief tease, and especially of Phoenix's performance-- after the antics of I'm Still Here it seemed he might be off the deep end forever, but there's a lot of interesting stuff happening in this very brief glimpse, and I'm now more interested than ever to see what he brings to the film.
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