Is 2.5/ 5
3 hours | Family 13-01-2021
cast – Vijay, Vijay Sethupathi, Malavika Mohanan, Andrea, Nassar and others
Director – Lokesh kanagaraj
the creator – Javier Britto
Banner – Seven screen studio
music – Anirudh
The Tamil film master also gained attention in the Telugu states as Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi were pitted against each other. Also, Lokesh Kanagaraj, the director who made Khaheti, a brilliant action thriller, was another reason for discussion around the master.
What is it about
JD (Vijay) is a college professor who is liked by all his students but the management dislikes him due to his bad habits. He is sent to a juvenile home as a temporary home, where young children and teenagers are used for criminal activities carried out by a cruel goon Bhavani (Vijay Sethupathi). The Jedi have to confront Bhavani and determine the right things for those children.
Vijay is as stylish as ever. He adds some massive methods to the character of the professor who always drinks. The way he adjusted his pants and his lazy body language is good. Vijay Sethupathi stole the show as the bad guy. His presence is a saving grace in this otherwise boring action drama, which does so much. Malavika Mohanan is just to be female head. She didn’t get much to do and even Andrea played a character who only made her presence felt in the final action scene.
Lokesh Kanagaraj is a talented filmmaker, but he fails as a screenwriter in Master because he could not fit the way superstar Vijay tells the story. He tried to present Vijay’s film differently than usual, but it backtracked due to the one-dimensional story and dragging scenes. Anirudh’s background score is very effective in some scenes. He had a ball in the scenes where Vijay gets those big build ups and has lots of them. The cinematographer maintains a dark mood in tune with the subject. The editor made no effort to shorten the runtime, which was its major drawback.
Vijay Sethupathi and Vijay
A pair of interesting scenes
No emotional connection
Lokesh Kanagaraj tried to present Vijay in a different mass entertainment. There are attempts to deliberately distinguish him from his usual heroic baggage. From his body language to his unqualified characterization, Vijay certainly broke stereotypes, but the director could not fully portray him as a regular man. There are so many lofty scenes and unnecessarily constructed shots that not only get tiresome after a while, but also eat up so much of the screen time.
Like Khaiti, the director does not say much about his hero’s past. But a detailed intro scene to the antagonist character has a proper backstory at the beginning. This is why Vijay Sethupathi’s character works because we know that he will do anything for what he wants to achieve. He is so ruthless that he does not even take pity on harmless children. Also, his punch power gets a fair introduction and is used effectively in many scenes.
First Half is dedicated to establishing the main leads, where one or two scenes work. However, the college episodes and the opening scenes in Kishore’s house are boring to watch. The entry scene is effective where Vijay’s trademark interminable dialogue to Vijay Sethupathi says ‘I am waiting’. We expect a powerful confrontation between Vijay and Vijay in the second half, but Lokesh stopped it until the climate episode. The scene is definitely worth the wait, but it takes too long to get there.
The master would have acted if the director had focused on healing the emotions. A lot of emphasis on Vijay’s style and his political aspirations may work for fans, but others won’t connect with the protagonist much. In fact they may feel that the villain is more entertaining than the hero.
Bottom line: weak subject!
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