Grand Piano Movie Review [WATCH VIDEO]

By Hannah Aven Guarin | 4 years ago
Grand Piano Movie Review [WATCH VIDEO]
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The mystery and suspense film “Grand Piano” hit U.S. theatres  for a limited run on March 7, 2014. It is directed by Eugenio Mira. The film’s cast members include Elijah Wood (Tom Selznick), John Cusack (Clem), Kerry Bishé (Emma Selznick) and Tamsin Egerton (Ashley). Read on for the “Grand Piano” movie review and a brief synopsis of the film.

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“Grand Piano” Film Synopsis:

After his epic adventure as Frodo Baggins in  the fantasy trilogy “Lord of the Rings,” Elijah Wood is back  in the mystery and suspense film “Grand Piano.” Wood plays the role of Tom Selznick, a renowned pianist who is preparing for a comeback. Although he has performed in the past and is already considered a pro, Selznick suffers from stage fright, which caused him to stop performing in public. After his tragic performance, Selznick is back on track as he is set to perform in a concert in Chicago, Illinois. While on stage, the pianist finds a note on his score which says “Play one wrong note and you die.” Selznick must find out the sniper’s motives and look for help without creating a commotion— and more importantly, without leaving the piano.

“Grand Piano” Movie Review:

“Grand Piano” garnered mixed reviews. Some critics found the movie great, while the others found it mediocre for their taste.

According to Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer, the total reviews scored 88%. However, only 55% of its viewers liked it.

Sara Stewart of New York Post said that the beautiful music cannot salvage the film.

“The only way I can make sense of this movie is to imagine it was made on a dare: Someone bet Spanish director/composer Eugenio Mira he couldn’t do “Speed,” but with a piano instead of a bus— and the guy likes to prove people wrong. I can respect that,” added Stewart in the New York Post report.

Meanwhile, Stephen Holden of New York Times referred to the movie as a “B-Movie.”

“Once you accept that “Grand Piano” is B-movie pulp, there’s a certain amount of fun to be had. This proudly old-fashioned movie will pull any trick in the book to hold your attention. And it needs those tricks: Damien Chazelle’s screenplay is sloppy, ludicrous and ultimately devoid of suspense,” said Holden in the New York Times report.

And that’s the “Grand Piano” movie review. You can watch the “Grand Piano” trailer here at Movie News Guide (MNG). For more movie news and reviews, visit Movie News Guide (MNG) regularly.

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