What is the definition of a legend? Well, Paul Schrader fits the bill. Though not known for his horror films, much of his work is dark and is considered in the thriller genre. Whether directing or writing, or both, much of his work is considered some of film history’s best. His ability to show the human psyche is unmatched. The latest film by him, MASTER GARDENER (2023), was released on May 19th, 2023.
Narvel Roth (Joel Edgerton) is the head gardener of the famous Haverhill Estate’s Gracewood Gardens owned by its dowager, Norma Haverhill (Sigourney Weaver). Norma decides to bring back her last blood relative, Maya Core (Quintessa Swindell), to the property to work with Narvel and his team so she could one day inherit the mansion and garden and keep it within the family. When Maya gets in trouble, Narvel decides to help the young woman, bringing back a very dark past that he has tried to move on from.
The cast includes Joel Edgerton in an amazing performance taken from the script written by director/writer Paul Schrader. The supporting cast includes Sigourney Weaver and Quintessa Swindell in very important roles. The movie, though not a major release by Hollywood standards, has received excellent reviews from critics. Even from such a prominent talent as Schrader, the film seems to have been overlooked by audiences. Your co-hosts take a look at director’s latest and gives their thoughts.