"The Master is a masterpiece. Having recently seen it (sadly not in 70mm) the film just pulled me in immediately once Phoenix hit the screen with his precarious attempts at chopping coconuts. From that moment on i knew we were in for something quite unpredictable. The pacing is similar to 'There Will Be Blood" with the performances just devouring the screen time. The Scientology similarities are obviously on the surface, and it questions how one person - however charming - can defraud those suffering some kind of post-traumatic stress, or mental illness. The inter-play between Phoenix and Hoffmann was mesmerising: Phoenix with his gaunt, haunted expression, random bouts of violence, and awkward posture. And Hoffmann who plays the ambiguity of the character flawlessly. My only gripe is that it slighty loses it's legs towards the last quarter, but it didn't stop me from being intoxicated - like the character, Freddie Quell - throughout. 'Master' filmmaking with a fantastically primal, elegiac score byJonny Greenwood score thrown in."