Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been a huge fan of fiction. Whether it came in the form of movies or storybooks. I don’t remember what the first movie I watched was. My mum says it was ‘Padayappa’. But for as long as I can remember now, I have always been a huge Movie Buff.
And not leaving things at that, for as long as I remember, my favorite actors in Cinema have stuck to my language and always been “Rajini” and “Vijay”. And as I grew, these have always been the same. Just that, within a few years after my preference, strengthened for “Vijay” for the love of his style, his movies, and his expression.
So of course, when Master came out on screens on Jan 13, I kept looking for tickets and finally went earlier today. I’ll try being as unbiased as I possibly can with the rest of this review!
So “Master” is a 2021 Tamil language Action-Thriller film. The film stars Vijay, Vijay Sethupathi, Malavika Mohanan, Arjun Das, Andrea Jeremiah, Shanthanu Bhagyaraj, City Chandran, Nassar, Ramya Subramaniyan, Dheena, Mahendran, Gouri Khan, and several more noted talent from the industry in some extremely engaging and entertaining roles.
Directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, the film has music by Anirudh Ravichander, cinematography by Sathyan Sooryan, and Editing by Philomin Raj.
To start things off with everything that didn’t go right with the film, the one part I definitely thought could have been different were all those plot points that almost seems too familiar. Plot points that we were able to forecast and felt like we’ve seen before at some point in time. The action scenes seem to have been pulled to be a little longer for the sake of showcasing both the Vijay’s seem almost unnecessary. Unfortunately, this also felt like another usual Tamil film where the heroine doesn’t play as much of a role or different from much of the story at all. And finally, even though the movie was a little longer without it, it would have been that little bit more interesting if the screenplay had paid a little more attention as to why the protagonist even became an alcoholic in the first place. It ended up being a simple story that finally comes out in two sentences. But somewhere there, the movie got a little too long and not enough screen space for most of the amazing cast. I would have personally loved to see more of Shanthanu and Mahendran for the brilliant job that the two have done in very limited screen time.
Moving onto the other side of things real quick and of course everything that fit just right with the film. Lokesh brings with him a flair for filmmaking that stands out. And of course, the cinematography is great with some well-planned shots according to the situation that almost becomes distinct visual scenes. Callbacks to famous scenes from some of Vijay’s old movies of course hit hard with the fans. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I still enjoyed the “Titanic” reference in end despite it being a repeated joke with a different example. It’s clear that Lokesh has done an amazing job casting this film in all the different roles. But of course, that masala, comedy, and everything you’re looking for in one of Vijay’s films, you’ll get all of it and more!
Overall Vijay Sethupathi and his acting nearly steals the show. And for a fan like me, it feels like Vijay is reinventing his style a little bit, and I’m excited about it! Overall, I would definitely recommend watching it. I’d give it a 4/5!