2 months ago
Excellent film. I'm just gonna say that I need to watch this again a couple times. One to understand the plot better and one to understand the characters and themes better because in a movie like this (like there will be blood) characters and themes are extremely important.
First I will talk about this films relation to there will be blood. This came out 4 years after there will be blood and was both directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Some actors are in both films aswell.
You can definatley see the similar atmospheric tones which are identifyable in both films. The scors which is done by Johnny greenwood on both films creates an immense eerie, deep, unnerving and atmospheric feel in the film. Its what separates a film like this to a cheaply made, coming of age past drama about a writer and an ex sailor for the war. The score turns the film almost into a horror (once again, like there will be blood). DISCLAIMER THIS FILM IS NOT A HORROR FILM THOUGH IT CAN BE VIEWED AS TERRYFYING.
The character of Freddie is so complicated and this is one of the reasons why I should watch this again. To watch a character who is clearly affected by the war and is so sexually driven because of this is captivating to watch on film. Some of the scenes are so gripping I cannot begin to describe (E. G: the "don't blink" scene, the "excuse me" scene and the prison scene.)
Rip Phillip Seymour Hoffman who sadly passed away in 2014. His acting in this film is phenomenal. A truly wonderful part to watch and listen to. I knew him from his work in films such as boogie nights and the big lebowski but this is by far the best of his acting I have ever seen. So unlike the parts he usually plays.
I found myself smiling at parts of this film. The wedding scene and the arrest scene stood out in particular as scenes which put a smile on my face. This was mainly due to the Acting and cinematography which are matched so well. Sometimes throughout this film you'll see a shot or scene which is just so perfect you cant help but break a smile throughout.
I thought the plot got a bit confusing especially after about 50 minutes in. This is another reason I need to watch again. To really focus on the plot and make sure I can hear every word. It's quite hard to peice together a film with not much narrative. Like there will be blood, I guess you have to watch again to have an understanded, educated discussion about it.
Overall fantastic film. Loved it and will definatley be Adding to my top 10 list.
I will also be adding more to this review after I have a further understanding of the plot, characters and themes.
WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW
Its a film about a man and a woman who falls in love and then the man goes to war. He promises her that he will come back and marry her. He (Freddie) comes back in the 1950s, after ww2, looking for jobs and a place in society but struggles. He eventually stow aways on a boat of a writer, psychologist and nuclear physicist by the name of Lancaster Dodd but he is reffered to by his "family" as "the master". Freddie comes along with Dodd and learns that he is the leader of a psychological movement called "the cause". Freddie also figures out that dodd is manipulating the followers of the cause and that its more of a cult than a movement. Freddie notices that dodd is doing the same to him so he leaves. He travvels half way across the country back to his old girlfriends house (the girl he wanted to marry) where it is revealed by her mother that she got married to a successful Ad man a couple years ago and now has 2 small children. Freddie did not realise how many years he had been gone for. It is too late. The girl who he promised to marry had gone and he feels enormous guilt. He then lives alone for a few years until one day he gets a call from Dodd (who now lives in England). He tells him to come over and visit, which freddie does. Dodd offers him a position to work for him which involves a steady solid job with good pay for the rest of his life but he declines, and walks away. Trying to start a new path in his life.