What can I say, other than I am in awe at what I just finished watching, The Pianist. I know it’s being hailed as a great film, as seen by it’s nomination for Best Picture, but I had no idea it was as good as it was. Before this, my pick was Chicago, but now, I’m not so sure. This film simply blew me away, in just about every way. The look, the feel, the tone, it just “felt” pefect, and whatnot. Everyone in the film looked, and acted, their parts seemingly flawlessly from where I sit. While there aren’t any truly classic performances in this one, everyone was great. Now when you think about it, isn’t it best for everyone on the cast to have a solid performance, rather than a single person to have an Award Winning performance? I’d have to say so, but that’s just me. That being said, I must also say that Adrien Brody was fantastic, and is the emotional and dramatic backbone in this film, he was fantasic, playing the role of Wladyslaw Szpilman.
I know some feel the last half, or so, of the film is borring and repetitive, but in my eyes, it was paced perfectly. I felt as if I could, as best I could by simply watching a film, actually know what Wladyslaw Szpilman went through, and his struggle for survival. When it all comes down to it, when it’s all on the line and it’s a matter of life and death, one MUST do what is need to survive, to move on, and to simply live. I felt such a connection with this character, and his trials of trying to stay in hiding, and to simply have just a drop or a simply bite of food to eat. It was human life stirpped to the bone, naked, and bare, and I loved every second of this visual and emotional experiance.
This is just the basic second half of the film, the first half put forth even more emotions. I felt a true bond between him and his family, and when they were seperated, I truly felt heart broken for all of them. Then of course we have the scene’s where all of the horrible things happen, like the German’s killing innocent people for seemingly no reason. While it’s been presented in film before, this is one of the most emotional in this sense I’ve ever seen.
How great was the scene where they make a series of men lie on the ground, and a German soldier walks by firing off a single shot into each of their heads, untill he gets to the last guy. His clip is empty, and he has to put a new one in. The way the man on the ground looked up at him, I could actually feel, the best I could, his fear for his life which he KNEW was about to end. While that scene is so subtle, it was so powerful for me, in more ways than one.
Then the scene where the German soldier finds him hiding out, I didn’t know what was going to happen at that time, it was great. Even though they didn’t have too many encounters, I felt such a strong connection between those two characters also. When he began to help him, bringing him food and giving him his coat, it was just something else to me.
Even the lines in the film seemed to be just in the right place. You can almost pick out certain lines here and there which trigger a change in mood and whatnot. One that instantly comes to mind, is right near the end. Wladyslaw Szpilman has been hiding in the attic, and he finally hears the Russians coming in. He is so excited that he runs out with open arms, and the Russians take aim and fire thinking he’s a German because of the coat he has on. He runs back in the building, and they tell him to come out saying that he’s not German, and he is in face Pollish. I love this line, as it was like, just a release for the film, Wladyslaw Szpilman, and me…
“Why the fucking coat!?” — Russian
shivering “I’m cold.” — Wladyslaw Szpilman
…maybe it’s just me, but I just sighed after that, while also actually laughing. That’s one emotion you didn’t really feel throughout this film, and when you finally really had an excuse to, it was symbolic and meant something, I loved that. Anyhow…
…I’ll shut up now, I just wanted to express a few of my thoughts on this film, and I think I’ll just come out and say it, in my personal opinion of course…
…The Pianist, 2003 Best Picture.