Synopsis: Phoenix plays an American navy officer who returns home from war and struggles to settle into civilian life. He falls in with a group called The Cause, run by fruit-loop Philip S. H. and his young wife, played by Amy Adams. Can you tell I didn’t remember any of the characters’ names?
What can I say? Bit of a snore, this one. Although it looked good, and I was aware there had been a fair amount of award-hype, it didn’t really hold my attention. I like Hoffman and Phoenix but in spite of the performance (aren’t they both always really good?) I couldn’t help feeling that this film was less than the sum of it’s parts, it was somehow lacking. There were a few choice scenes though, e.g. when we see Phoenix completely lose his shit while working as a department store photographer, or when he is doing one of Hoffman’s exercises, or when we first see Hoffman reeling him in.
Running time: 2 hrs 24 minutes
Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams