The Pianist

The film, The Pianist, was released in 2002 by Polish-French filmmaker Roman Polanski, I chose to watch this one today as in 2 days’ time it is the highly anticipated 88th Academy Awards and to celebrate I decided to only watch Oscar Winning films and this is one I hadn’t seen until now.

It tells the true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, played by Adrian Brody, a Jewish Polish pianist who gets caught up in the German empowerment of Walsall, Poland in the Second World War. The first half of the film tells the story of him and his family loosing there home, lives, jobs and dignity to the evil of the Nazi government. Due to his friendship with a Jewish officer, Szpilman manages to escape the one way trip to the concentration camps and manages to hide. The second half follows him through the trials and tribulations of Nazi Poland.

This film is utterly stunning, there is no fault with the production, the script and the acting is virtually flawless. Having not seen this film up until now I am ashamed to call myself a film fan. The Pianist should be at the top of every single persons “to watch” film. It’s elegant and beautiful and yet utterly brutal and very hard to watch in parts. I have a great interest in the events of the Second World War, especially when they are portrayed through one person’s story. Brody does such a magnificent job, he is pure brilliance and the passion you feel in his acting is second to none. He transforms from a strong man with the ability to look after his entire family to this small, vulnerable man who needs protection from anyone who is willing to give it.

I highly recommend this film to anyone who believes in telling the truth through film, I have never seen such a true performance from anyone.

The Pianist

Deadpool

I honestly don’t think I can find anything bad to say about this film. As far as super-hero (or, maybe not “hero”) movies go this one is right up there with the best of the best. Its ability to not take anything too seriously, including itself, is just hilarious and works so perfectly.

At many points throughout the film, Wade Wilson makes jabs at the Marvel studio with a direct hit at all the previous X-Men films. The fourth wall is completely broken down and it’s just beautifully done, not too insulting but insulting enough. Oh I do have to add in here that Colossus is featured and for some unknown reason (maybe because of the original comic books, I wouldn’t know, I haven’t read them) he has developed a very thick Russian accent. Not the Colossus we know and love from the original X-Men trilogy.

In film I have never been a fan of the diary format, when the lead character spends most of the film either talking to the character or using a voice over – I usually think it dumbs down the film and is a writers way out of telling a complicated story, however in this film it just works, I’m not sure why or how they’ve managed it, but it works.

As far as I am aware, Ryan Reynolds had a lot to do with the making of this film and it’s taken a few years for the ball to start rolling on production, and I am so glad he pushed and pushed as hard as he did. You could feel his passion in the character, it makes up for the unsuccessful attempt at Deadpool in that one X-Men film we do not speak of.

It was brilliant, I loved it.

But please, it really should be an 18 certificate, I would not want a 15 year old seeing the first 20 minutes.

Deadpool

Goosebumps

I used to be utterly terrified of this series when I was a child, and I quite like that this film (and the likely sequel) will continue to scare children. Albeit with a lot of help from our good friend CGI. 

Dylan Minnette plays a great lead in what could have been an awful film but actually turned out much better than expect! It has a really clever story that was centred around R L Stine (Jack Black) the author of the Goosebump books and all his characters come to life when the creepy ventriloquist doll takes over the town. With a slight twist in the story towards the end which will pull on some heart strings in the audience, it’s a good old fashioned family adventure film. 

I would have liked it even more if it didn’t involve a horrendous clown.  

 

Goosebumps

The Big Short

I went to see this film today as it’s one of the last of the “Best Picture” Oscar nominations that I have left to see.
I was really looking forward to it as I loved Moneyball and The Bright Side but unfortunately it really didn’t do anything for me.
I feel like if you don’t know anything about the American Economy or about mortgages in general, this film could be in Elvish and it would make more sense. I honestly had no idea what was going on throughout and the choppy, trying-to-be-edgy editing really had no effect on me whatsoever.
The best, and only good, thing about this film was Steve Carrell, he portrayed his character beautifully and (aside from Foxcatcher) I believe this film might have actually shown him to be a serious actor. He should be very proud of himself for bringing together this shambles of a film.
It’s such a shame because all the way through I was almost forcing myself to enjoy it and I even went into it with the hope that this might bring me round to becoming (one day) a Christian Bale fan. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I hate him, not only as an actor but as a person as well. But unfortunately all The Big Short did was assure me that I really don’t like Christian Bale. Anyone could have played his role, and most actors would have actually made the audience feel for him, whereas I just hated him, and I don’t think that was the point.
So, all in all, I wish I’d been to see Spotlight instead. Or even Star Wars: The Force Awakens….for the fifth time.
Sorry folks, this one didn’t do it for me.

I just realized I totally forgot to mention Ryan Gosling….which I suppose says a lot about his performance.

Oh – I did however enjoy Brad Pitts wig.

The Big Short