Hello there!!! We’re back! I know it’s been a really long time since we reviewed anything. Once we completed our initial go round with all of our DVDs we needed a much deserved break. In that time off we got married and more importantly got Netflix :)
This has changed the way we review. We don’t buy DVDs like we used to because we have so many movies right at our fingertips. After noticing that in our absence we gained a lot more followers we figured it was about time we start reviewing again. We probably won’t be reviewing everyday anymore, but we’ll try and get one out at least once a week. Here’s our new review:
Eric’s Review: At the risk of being unpopular, I think Nazis were just awful. They were bullies, but like murderous bullies. Imagine the biggest dick in your high school, then imagine him or her (but probably him) with a lot of guns and bully friends and they keep killing everybody. Plus, the principal is on their side and always screaming in German. That’s what it was like in Poland during Dub Dub Deuce.
This movie is equal parts great and brutal. It is a very moving portrayal of a Jewish man trying to hide out from the Nazis during Word War II. I know that no movie can ever come close to accurately portraying the horrors faced by the people targeted by the Nazis but if this movie is even a fraction of an indication, then it was the worst thing to happen to anybody maybe ever. This guy loses everything with the exception of his life. He starts out really nonchalant about the whole thing. I don’t really blame him. If you told me that a bunch of guys were going to come to my home and butcher me and everyone I know just because, I’d probably call bullshit too. Things get real for this guy in a hurry as he routinely sees casual executions and horrible beatings. He ends up being sparred mostly because of who he knows. A friend helps him get jobs for him and his family, another friend pulls him out of line when he’s on his way to a death camp, and a few other friends give him places to hide here and there. Then he is finally sparred by a Nazi after he plays the shit out of a piano in front of him. So what I learned from this is that it pays to be nice to everyone and to be amazing at at least one thing. It will save your life one day.
This movie is extremely hard to watch. Mostly because of all the innocent people being slaughtered. If I am grading this movie on how good i think it is ( which I am) it is going to get a pretty high mark. But it would get an even higher mark if I was giving it a point for every day I was sad after watching it. So far it is a 1 but I’m guessing that number may go as high as 20. Adrien Brody rightfully won an Oscar for this movie. It is his greatest work, followed closely by…I can’t think of an ending to that sentence. So if you want to see a well made movie about the holocaust, or are just feeling a little too happy and need to take it down a dozen notches, watch The Pianist and feel bad about complaining about anything for the rest of your life.
Eric’s Rating 7.9 out of 10
Michelle’s Review: I’ve seen The Pianist before. I remember very distinctly watching this for the first time. I had a long break between classes in college and decided to watch this alone in my dorm in the middle of the afternoon. What a great idea that was. All I remember about that afternoon was crying…a lot. When Eric mentioned he hadn’t seen it before, I said you should watch it, but prepare yourself because it’s so unbelievably sad. It’s been sitting on our Netflix que for quite some time because let’s face it, you have to be in a certain kind of mood to watch a two and half hour Holocaust movie that you know will rip your heart out. Last night turned out to be that night.
The Pianist is an amazing movie. It’s also terrifyingly graphic and is frequently difficult to watch. It’s the story of a Jewish Pianist from Poland who spends most of the movie trying to hide from the Germans. While his family gets whisked away on trains to concentration camps, he somehow manages to escape the same fate, and goes into hiding. He survives. By some strange miracle he survives.
Throughout his journey of survival, he’s grows painfully thin and weak. You watch Adrian Brody shrink down to barely anything, while his hair grows long and disheveled. I’m guessing this is why he’s starring in those shaver commercials with Andre 3000 now…the man has the ability to grow some serious facial hair.
No horror movie could ever compare to the gruesomeness of this film. And this all really happened, which makes it all the more painful to watch. A wheel chaired man tossed off a balcony, people being chased out of their homes only to get shot in the streets, a mother suffocating her baby so the screams wouldn’t alert Germans of where she was hiding; the kind of atrocities that you couldn’t imagine in your worst nightmares. It’s an emotionally exhausting two and a half hours. The performances are outstanding. A very well deserved Oscar for Mr. Brody. It’s a movie that is worth watching but prepare yourself, because you just won’t feel good after watching it.
Michelle’s Rating: 8.5 out of 10