Nobody was expecting it to be this good, even though there were signs that it could have been decent. I have watched it for a total of three times up to now, first time being back in 12th of December (credit to Odeon Screen Unseen, which brought it a month early and half price in the UK) and it gets me every time how it portrays the misinterpretation of people’s actions and how we, as human beings perceive others in the way that suits us better, that allows us to sleep better at night.

The narrative is very simple, yet fascinating, we engage in an exploration of reality-bound yet intriguing characters backdropped by a musical setting, it could have been any setting, yet the choice just amplifies the feeling of intensity in every scene. It’s a world, brought to life by mesmerizing acting. J.K. Simmons is sublime, I knew he was going to get at least an Oscar nod, the moment I left the cinema; majestic performance.

One of my favourite movies of 2014. A fascinating story of what a combination of hard work, belief in thyself and being pushed to the limit of your abilities can help achieve. Some people can handle it and manage to thrive while some others cannot, and they simply implode.

A truly captivating experience.



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