Now when I`ve watched everything I`m ready for the final judgement. First, I have to admit that Bortko has done better - while "A dog`s heart" remains a true classic of modern cinema, "Master and Margaret" is just a film, nothing more. The casting was almost perfect, although I would have preferred a younger Pilate. Jeshua who has been criticized by many experts I found to be just like he needed to be. Special effects were a bit low-budget and the cat was almost a disaster. The score to the film was good but it was too limited - the number of compositions was quite low and they got repeated several times without any changes - I would have preferred reappearance of the same theme but in different keys, in different moods, with changing instrumentation etc. The text of the novel was followed quite closely and there was close to no modern Russian propoganda which I find a very positive aspect. Certainly worth watching but I would never advise anyone to watch the film before reading the book.