I say that because I somehow got it in my head that this was De Palma's new film. When I realized that it wasn't, I was sure that he must have produced it or something, but I was wrong on that account too.
In the end, I suppose that it's a pretty good compliment for a small film like Grand Piano to be mistaken for (or even compared to) the work of a director who made an art form out of making excellent movies that featured frantic cat-and-mouse games and masterful, long tracking shots.
Aside from the De Palma comparison, Grand Piano even feels a bit Hitchcockian in parts, which again, speaks well of the movie.
No matter what comparisons you make in regards to Grand Piano, it's safe to say that it's an effective little flick that continues Elijah Wood's recent hot streak of picking great roles in great movies.
|Well, maybe not the whole world.|
|...except for the guy in the balcony with the sniper rifle.|
|"I miss The Shire."|
|Failznick will find you, Lloyd Dobbler!|
Grand Piano feels a lot like it could be a Brian De Palma movie, even if it doesn't hit a lot of the beats that the typical De Palma Thriller does. It maintains a palpable amount of tension throughout, and since Elijah Wood is so likable in just about every movie he's in, we were genuinely concerned with his character's well being here.
|Can you guess which one of these people in the balcony is the creeper with the rapey stare?|
It was also nice to see Alex Winter in something again. I honestly don't think we've seen him in a movie since the heyday of such classics as The Lost Boys or the Bill & Ted movies.
|No one stole your piano, it's right there behind you. Calm down.|
If Grand Piano truly drops the ball in any respect though, it with its resolution; once we found out what the point of the whole "play perfectly or die!" thing was, it kind of killed a bit of the momentum for us. Without spoiling anything specific, we would have much preferred to see the "bad guy" be more of a flat out maniac rather than a calculating criminal.
The ending was passable, but it just felt overly-elaborate and contrived.
|You can't put your hands up, you have to play!|
Grand Piano is available on VOD now, and in Theaters (Limited) on March 7th.
Kerry Bishe and Tamsin Egerton are the loveliest keys on this Grand Piano... unless of course you're more partial to Frobo Bagglins, then he's probably the loveliest of them. Either way, I suppose they're all lovely in their own way.