How do you make a movie about a guy sitting at a piano interesting? Well, let’s see…you put him in some kind of danger, right? Life-threatening danger! Or better yet, put someone he loves in danger, yeah. But we still have to watch this guy sit at a piano for 80 minutes or so. For me, that’s not really a problem, and it’s one of the reasons I enjoyed this thriller. I’m the guy who has sat through multiple viewings of Swimming to Cambodia, The Telephone, Buried, The Terror Live, and My Dinner with Andre. I haven't made it through all 5 hours 20 minutes of Warhol's Sleep, yet, though I do enjoy John Giorno's poetry!
I know why I like this movie. It’s not just the sum…I like the parts.
Elijah Wood, I’ve always liked him, even when he’s not trekking across Middle Earth to return jewelry to its elemental resting place.
Piano playing. This is basically a 90 minute classical music video (I know, reason enough for some of you to stay away). The visuals are orchestrated well to coincide with the music. I’ve watched many music movies where the actor’s attempts to actually look like he/she is playing an instrument were almost comical. Here, Wood is right up there with Adrien Brody in The Pianist, so that helps.