The Weinstein Company recently announced they moved up the release date of The Master to Sept 14th (most likely only opening in New York and L.A, then expanding to other cities in the weeks to follow). Then word came that the film will screen at both the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival. With those festivals, we’ll start to really hear how good or brilliant or maybe even awful the movie is. But there was a surprise screening the other night in Santa Monica and the reaction was…well we’ll get to that.
It all went down during Saturday’s American Cinematheque’s special screening of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. The audience was told prior to the start of the Kubrick classic that there was going to be a special screening of another film after The Shining…lucky bastards. Not only did the audience get to watch The Shining, they got to see The Master. Talk about having your cake and eating it too. So what did the audience think?
Have I told you how excited I am to see this movie? I may have mentioned a couple of times…okay, I’m stalling, sorry. The reaction to The Master was pretty positive. While the reactions came from movie fans and not critics, I’d much rather get their 2 cents worth on the film than that of say, Leonard Maltin’s.
Pretty much the consensus was that all three leads, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman, knocked it out of the park and some even saying that Phoenix will win the Oscar for his performance. Other comments were that the movie was amazing but it’s not very audience friendly and the characters are all unlikable. That’s fine; I love films that challenge you.
So as I said, in about a month we’ll start hearing the critics reactions to the film, but hearing this makes me smile. It also makes me that more anxious to see it.