Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams deliver mesmerizing and unnerving performances in The Master, exhibiting the dynamic struggle for control. Under P.T. Anderson’s direction, we find comedic elements within the acting and subject matter while still cognizant of the verbal and behavioral eeriness, and this creates a distinctive uneasiness as we grapple with the complexity of the characters.
Cinemablography: Laughter as a Menacing Motif in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master
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