Paul Thomas Anderson’s films are always thought provoking, challenging and visually splendid. His latest film, The Master, appears to be just that, but perhaps a bit more provocative than his last…or at least to the Scientologists.
Not that PTA would say so. Because it’s totally not about Scientology. Except that it is.
As we hear in the trailer, a series of questions are asked that are strikingly similar to what L Ron Hubbard asks in the Scientology personality test. As What Would Tyler Durden Do? points out:
Are you thoughtless in your remarks? vs Do you make thoughtless remarks or accusations which later you regret?
Do your past failures bother you? vs Do your past failures still worry you?
And Is your behavior erratic? vs Are you often impulsive in your behavior?
But it’s totally not about Scientology. Wink. WINK. Either way, The Master appears to be the thrilling dramatic storytelling I need in my life, and accompanied by one of my favorite actors who took a turn for the obnoxious but appears to be back from the brink, Joaquin Phoenix, and the ever-amazing Philip Seymour Hoffman, I am pretty much solid on seeing it. As far as I’m concerned, this movie can’t open soon enough.