Last night, a lucky group of audience members in Santa Monica were treated by none other than Paul Thomas Anderson himself to being the first to see his latest film ‘The Master’. It came after a screening of ‘The Shining’ and was in 70mm, no less. Sites like The Playlist (here) have collected some of the early words on the flick, and suffice to say that they’re through the roof for pretty much all involved. After the jump you can see some of the first reactions that hit the web, and take not that they’re not from my colleagues in the business but just film lovers who were in the right place at the right time. That makes this very interesting in my eyes. Read on below for more on the movie…

Here’s some of the responses from Twitter:

@michaelwhittle “Possibly the best film watching experience I’ve ever had. #THEMASTER70MM”

@TotallySketch (Michael Gallagher) “Just saw ‘The Master’. A movie has never made me feel quite like this one did. I can’t describe it or even rate it. I am speechless.”

@aaldere1 (Andrew P Alderete, “The Social Network” producer Dana Brunetti’s assistant) “The Master was amazing. Oscars all over this one.”

@LoganDoe “@prfessorbigsock Hoffman is one of the finest actors alive. The Master is (more) proof. #themaster”

@pillowfightin “@cigsandredvines Saw The Master in 70mm at the Aero Santa Monica. Surprise screening after The Shining. Its like nothing yvever seen before.”

@jessecrall “The Master: B+ hazy, meandering story with beautiful staging and headed by Phoenix’s brilliant, year’s-best performance. @kristapley”

@Super_Matts “THE MASTER is…interesting…I’ll be thinking about it for days #THEMASTER70MM J Phoenix and P S Hoffman are out of this world”

@DubstepElitist “duuuuuude, the master was goooooooooood”

There’s also a longer series of reactions from one of the audience members:

“@scottEweinberg Of course! Don’t want to say more than a few words about it but it is an all around excellent film.”

“@MattMustin @scottEweinberg No doubt about it. I’ve yet to see one bad PSH performance but this one may be his best.”

“@prfessorbigsock 2hrs 10 min. Will get nods for Picture. Good chance of winning original screenplay and acting awards.”

“@TheDaltonator If it were me, I’d put them both in the Best Actor category but if one them is getting the supporting nod, its Hoffman.”

“@GusCruz At winning? No. It will have its fair share of detractors and its not a “safe” choice.”

“If you guys can, see The Master in 70 mm. Looked gorgeous and its the way P.T Anderson wants you to see it. “

Finally, here’s a longer reaction that someone sent to Hollywood Elsewhere:

“I’m still digesting everything I saw, but it was pretty amazing. It was like a strange fever dream. [But] not audience friendly AT ALL. An ambiguous ending and not one likable character. And without any ‘milkshake’ lines, it probably won’t have the breakthrough that There Will Be Blood had… There are three or four scenes between Phoenix and Hoffman that are barn burners. It also containts the best work Amy Adams has ever done… Phoenix WILL win Best Actor unless Daniel Day Lewis blows us away with [his] Lincoln performance. This is Raging Bull territory for him. Believe it or not, his performance is stranger than that fake doc he made. The only way I can describe him is ‘animalistic.’ (I think the Master title refers to more of a dog and his master. At least that was the vibe I got).. The style feels like Terrence Malick by way of There Will Be Blood.”

Thoughts? Discuss in the comments!