The Master

More to come in a minute, but I thought I’d kick off today’s session with a quick note about Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, which I saw last night. The acting is wonderful but the characters themselves are somewhat two-dimensional. The plot is aimless and the movie’s too long. Finally, it feels like something of a vendetta against Scientologists from a director who’s surely come across his fair share in Hollywood. The similarities to Scientology are so distracting the viewer can’t consider Anderson’s depiction of the cult on its own terms.

Simon van Zuylen-Wood

Simon van Zuylen-Wood is a writer for Philadelphia Magazine.