‘The Master’ Official Trailer Shows Depth of Phoenix and Hoffman Performances

'The Master' Trailer (2012) Poster, Paul Thomas AndersonWay back in January I listed Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master as my most anticipated film of 2012 and that certainly has not changed. However, the reason for my anticipation continues to shift and now I find myself more excited for the performances by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix than anything else. This is largely because of a full-length The Master trailer, which premiered this weekend on Yahoo! Movies.

Previously we were exposed to a brief clip that revealed Joaquin Phoenix and a short teaser trailer that revealed Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. The official The Master trailer, however, is the best glimpse of the film yet complete with magnificent camera work by Mihai Malaimare Jr. and an insightful glimpse into the performances by Hoffman and Phoenix, who seem to have an interesting mentor-teacher relationship in the movie.

The film is the second period drama in a row for Paul Thomas Anderson and it chronicles the relationship between a mentally imbalanced war veteran (Phoenix) and the spiritual leader (Hoffman) who gets inspiration from him. It is unclear exactly whose film it is, with the first clips making it look like Phoenix’s story, but the latest trailer being more balanced. Along with Hoffman and Phoenix the movie also features Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Rami Malek, Jesse Plemons, W. Earl Brown, and Jillian Bell.

I said this once before, but this is the last of the footage I want to see from Anderson’s upcoming film. It looks too good to spoil, so I will try my best to avoid the subsequent clips and trailers that will be coming before the film’s Fall release date.

Check out the official trailer below and let me know how excited you are to see The Master in the comments.

The Master will be in theatres in the U.S. on October 12, 2012.

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