September 20, 2012
R; 2:17 running time
Much has been written about "The Master" and its oddness, and one of the oddest of its personality traits is how straightforward it is on one level, and how challenging on others. One evening, after his toxic homemade moonshine (whose ingredients include paint thinner) leads to a migrant worker's death, Freddie is scuttling down by the waterfront in San Francisco. A wedding party yacht, lit up like a dream of elegance and "belonging," beckons to him. Freddie hops on board and stows away. This is the boat whose self-proclaimed commander is Dodd, the L. Ron Hubbard-meets-Charles Foster Kane self-made man portrayed by Hoffman with sly wit and an ever-shifting degree of sincerity.
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