The first reason you should see Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” at the Wexner Center is that it’s an amazing film full of superlative performances. It garnered Oscar nods for Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, and it was criminally underseen during a brief autumn run here last year.
The second and larger reason you should see “The Master” at the Wexner is a rare chance to see the film as Anderson intended: on a glorious 70mm film print.
Simply put, watching a movie in 70mm will remind you what a movie is supposed to look like. The larger physical film being projected (about three times the surface size of standard 35mm) makes for sharper images, richer colors and perfect contrast. You won’t get that in a digital theater — and I don’t care how much money you poured into your man-cave, dude, you won’t get that in a home theater.
The film itself is a challenging, layered character study. It’s not the Scientology exposé some were expecting; it’s better. And if you’ve not yet seen it, why not see it in the best possible way?