Spectacularly inane, one of the worst movies of the year. Questions abound. How did it get funded? How and why was it actually released in theaters? Above all, what is the Big Lebowski doing on stage, directing the orchestra? [Note for commenters: please switch on your sense of humor to get the ref about the Dude. Thanks.]
The film’s capital-C concept is, of course, patently ridiculous, but I admire its dedication and unwavering focus. Still, it has the straight-faced silliness of De Palma without his virtuoso style. http://filmcapsule.com/2014/02/12/grand-piano-2014/
This thriller is so weird, badly scripted und remote from any real concert performance that I had to laugh the whole time. Although the film is meant to be very serious it is particularly funny to watch. And Victor Reyes' score got my attention and respect, because the composer did a great job.
The story was promising, but "Grand Piano" needed a better script and stronger supporting characters. Even with the classy clothes and fancy scenario it often leaned towards the campy side. The final act was specially disappointing and the singing number very uncalled-for. Elijah Wood did the best he could.
It's refreshing to find a film that uses a particular style (in this case Hitchcock/Del Palma) & runs with it with ease. This film never let's up as its imagery and cinematography sweep you up. The orchestral soundtrack perfectly compliments the images (ex. a blade slicing a throat as a cello's bow plays). While Winter is a capable lackey & Cusak is a solid villain, it's Wood who anchors the film.
Dear oh dear, what a crazy mixed up film. No comparison to the simply superb Whiplash. Even if it was the same scriptwriter, I am afraid script is all it is. Elijah Wood is, well, wooden (can he do ANY other face than "worried"?) and John Cusak was clearly paying his mortgage with this one. This would have been a better film made 60 years earlier, in black and white, and with a lead who played better than he acted.