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This movie is a perfect example of what a movie should like be. From its direction, camera movement, lighting, production design, script, sound design everything was excellent. You could spot a minor distraction I whole movie. The first minute of the movie was enough to grab the interest till the last scene.
Direction, the storyline and storytelling both is so subtle that you will flow in this whole movie. It's would be a smooth drive that will stick you to the story like a glue. The character transformation and development both are mesmerising.
Production Design, what can be said about it. It is done in extraordinary way. It's not an easy job to take a periodic movie to this level. Each corner each frame and each location everything is done with brilliance. The use of different materials, colours, elements, object everything adds upto its beauty.
Cinematography, the use of camera and production design of this movie both are in perfect harmony. It's is a pleasure to watch one scene transforms into another with same brilliant composition. The use of hand held camera movement to show feelings on a character, the proper use of pan and tilt. This is masterpiece in term of good cinematography. It's a visual dictionary and Bible for filmmakers.
Music, the best part of the movie is the music you don't hear it you just feel it. The idea behind sound design of this movie is one hell of concepts. The use of signatory music sequence is remarkable in this movie.
It's is the next masterpiece of cinema, one should watch this movie to learn how a excellent movie is crafted.
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