Joaquin Phoenix in the new Paul Thomas Anderson flick.
Undoubtedly, from this clip alone, Phoenix is on blistering form and may already be ironing his tux in preparation for next year’s Academy Awards, and that’s without the trailer even giving us the slightest glimpse of his co-star, the magnificent Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lancaster Dodd, the titular ‘master’, an intellectual reportedly based on L. Ron Hubbard, the chap responsible for Scientology. The film also features Amy Adams as Dodd’s wife and Laura Dern.
It has been five years since Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood”, but his work is always worth the wait, and, for my money, the man is yet to make a film any less than great. Jonny Greenwood is on scoring duties again, providing a twisted, fraught soundtrack to this teaser that evocatively mirrors the personality of Phoenix’s character as his doctor quizzes him about certain ‘episodes’. It’s a tantilising peek at what will surely be one of this Winter’s most anticipated films.