‘Master’ is a surprisingly effective story with high production values. We start out wondering, ‘Is this a ghost story? A polemic? Or what?’
The answer is gradually revealed, with some surprising turns. While ‘Master’ may make people initially think of slavery, here it refers to the position in a fictional college, Ancaster, ‘The College on the Hill’, that is filled by one of the three Black women who form the primary characters. The three actresses, Regina Hall, Zoe Renee and Amber Gray,-give excellent performances.
The Master in the film is discovered to be very different from the Master in slavery.
Released theatrically 18 March 2022.
Rating: low +2 (-4 to +4) or 7/10.
(c) Mark R. Leeper 2023