Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Pianist (Roman Polanski, 2002) Review

It's history lesson time so brace yourselves! Let's look back to World War II, a time known of us were around in (so how you can look back, I have no idea). The Nazis rule over Germany and Poland has been invaded. Naturally, the Nazis are rounding up the Jews into their concentration camps. There, that should set the mood for the film. Well it is a Roman Polanski film so I guess it's justified.

Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrian Brody) is a Polish, Jewish pianist, popular on the radio. His life takes a turn for the worst when the radio station he works at is bombed. After evacuating, Wladyslaw finds that the Nazis have invaded Poland and the Jewish residents are segregated. Their lives and society slower starts to deteriorate until it takes a turn for the worst (repetition, I realise this) when the Nazis decide to take them away. Wladyslaw is saved at the last second by another man who takes his place but is never seen again. Wladyslaw now has to spend the rest of his time avoiding the Nazis and trying to survive.

This is a very powerful film. The impression it leaves is deep thanks to the relationship that builds between Wladyslaw and the Nazi Captain Wilm Hosenfeld (Thomas Kretschmann) which brings forth Wladyslaw's piano talent (it's a big thing, hence the name of the film). The other twists and turns are shocking and really is strong. These moments lead to some memorable things that will stay with you.

We have an Oscar winning film here, people. Adrian Brody won the Academy Award for best lead actor for his role in this and it's very clear to see why. Wladyslaw is an excellent character who Brody portrayed very well that gets alot of emotion in as well as create a very naive character that you end up feeling very sorry for. Brody creates a character that is easily the high point of the film. It's more than enough reason to watch it.

The Pianist is a very powerful film. It conveys a realistic setting and is filled with great acting and some well crafted characters. Adrian Brody and Thomas Kretschmann work off each other very well and do a fantastic  job of acting. This is easily one of the best films Roman Polanski has done. It's also one of the best films set during World War II. If you haven't seen it and are fascinated by history, you should watch this fantastic film.

A strong film that leaves quite an impression. It isn't for everyone but it's still fantastic.

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