Saturday, February 22, 2014

MINI-REVIEW: Grand Piano

Grand Piano

Elijah Wood, John Cusack


January 30, 2014 (VOD)
March 7, 2014 (LIMITED)

Eugenio Mira

Magnet Releasing

1 hour 30 minutes



It's one thing when a horror film goes all out on its gratuitous violence and amount of blood being poured on screen.  However when a horror or thriller go out to have the audience imagine the bloody violence that occurs, as well as have the setting and music give off such an eerie vibe that it will have you on the edge of your seat, THAT is when a filmmaker shows the he understands that a scary movie is more than scary and bloody imagery.  In the new indie-thriller "Grand Piano," a man reluctantly comes out of a five year retirement from playing piano only to find a note on his music sheets that exclaims that if he plays one wrong note, then he will be killed.  If he tries to tell anyone about the death threats, then the man's beautiful wife will be killed.

From that little synopsis, the film sounds interesting but a little generic, if I must say.  Luckily, it's far from that.  Aside from an ending that feels a little rushed to an extent, this is a great movie.  The cinematography is incredible, the direction is great, the script keeps the audience invested with great situations that keep going on, and the editing during some of the more intense moments of the film is superb.  Elijah Wood gives a powerful and great performance, and John Cusack is incredibly menacing for being just a voice in Wood's ear for most of the film.  Even the supporting actors, who can sometimes be annoying, play well with the story, and they never overstay their welcome.  Overall, "Grand Piano" proves to be an engaging and intense thriller that is definitely worth seeing thanks to the eerie suspense that director Eugenio Mira effectively pulls off, the fantastic performance from Elijah Wood, and a different, yet brilliant look at the meaning of "stage fright."

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