With the time and money constraints common to most college students, I don't make it to the theater as often as I would like to. I did have the chance to catch two very different movies in the last few weeks: Paul Thomas Anderson's dark and strange The Master and Disney's new homage to gaming Wreck-It Ralph.
Its hard to get a handle on The Master. In a loss for words I want to call it "an experience" to avoid the trouble of trying to describe one of the strangest movies I have ever had the pleasure of viewing. On the one hand, The Master is supremely shot and stunningly beautiful. On the other hand, I felt that the film never fully answered the questions it offered and its ambiguous ending did not feel thought-provoking; rather, it felt unclear and unresolved. Don't hear me wrong though: this film is still very much worth watching. Jaquine Pheonix and Philip Seymour Hoffman are sure to snag nominations if not Oscar gold for their powerful performances. They are without a doubt the best performances I have seen this year. Bring your thinking caps and leave the kids at home. This is a dark, troubling, challenging film for grown ups.