The last trailer for Paul Thomas Andersonâ€™s The Master centered on a wayward soldier Freddie Sutton (played by Joaquin Phoenix) being interrogated by a superior officer. This was a set up that would lead Phoenix to become a second-in-command to a religion recreated by Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Now, a new trailer has popped up online that vaguely traces those events that lead up to the two crossing paths. You can watch the new trailer below.
Once again, Phoenix delivers a chilling performance as a man who was once lost finding his path via Doddâ€™s new faith based organization. The trailer gives somewhat equal time to both Hoffman and Phoenix. We see the two have a tense conversation. We even get to see an exchange between Mary Sue (Amy Adams) and Sutton.
As masterfully crafted as these trailers are, I get a sense that a general audience might not understand what the film is trying to sell. But I think that this trailer does a better job at describing what the film is about than the first one did. I am sure there will be a more well rounded trailer released sometime in the near future.
Regardless of how these trailers are cut, I eagerly wait The Mastersâ€™ release, which happens to be on October 12.