The Pianist (2002)

Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.


The Pianist (2002) from Universal Pictures
Rated R.
Drama, Biography/Historical, War/Epic, Musical Performances
3 Academy Awards, including Best Actor

Five Gold Stars

Description (from the film case): Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winner of 3, The Pianist stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody in the true-life story of brilliant pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, the most acclaimed young musician of his time until his promising career was interrupted by the onset of World War II. This powerful, ultimately triumphant film follows Szpilman’s heroic and inspirational journey of survival with the unlikely help from a sympathetic German officer.

My thoughts: The gushing description does go on to gush some more, but it’s not as if this film isn’t worthy of a sober gush. I like to read and see accounts of WWII from different sides of the war, and here, the artistry and tragedy of a Polish composer’s story are wrapped up in a truly compelling work. Szpilman’s performance, after he says he “was” a pianist, floored me, and even if Brody had never been given the chance to act in another role in his life–he did this.


The trailer for The Pianist is one of my all-time favorite movie trailers.


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