Looks like Martin Scorsese has been watching a lot of Paul Thomas Anderson - though, he'd be right to. This has lashings of There Will Be Blood, a bit of Last of the Mohicans and a dash of Akira Kurosawa too.
When boiled down, every Paul Thomas Anderson movie is about an outsider looking in. ‘Boogie Nights’ is about breaking into a scene. ‘Punch-Drunk Love’ is all about sitting outside normal human relationships and peering in. ‘The Master’ is a search for direction and place to belong. For a filmmaker who thrills at confronting personality flaws [...]