Have you ever watched a movie that is so sad you feel like you’re going to cry through the film’s entirety but the movie’s subject matter is so strikingly tragic and horrifying that not a single tear leaves your eye? That’s The Pianist for me.
I had heard about this film, I knew it was the movie that garnered Adrian Brody his only Oscar win, but I had no clue what the film was about. Low and behold, The Pianist follows the true story of a Polish Jew during the times of the Holocaust in Poland and his desperate struggle to survive.
Honestly, this movie was painful. Not for the script or acting because both were sublime. In fact, everything was a little too perfect. Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski perfectly sucked me into a world filled with hatred, despair, and gruesome acts displayed countless times until the point where I was just as numb staring at the screen as Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrian Brody) appeared over the course of the film.
What the Nazis did to the Jews still baffles me. How can someone possibly hate another as much as they hated the Jews? As an African-American woman who knows the troubling and downright atrocious truth of my past, my ancestors’ fates, it hits hard watching people suffer for no reason whatsoever.
The Pianist definitely deserved its Oscar nomination for Best Picture. I have not seen Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List but, as of right now, this is the best movie I’ve seen that focuses on the horrors of the Holocausts.
I’m giving this movie a solid 100 out of 100 and 5 out of 5 stars. It’s long, it takes its time, it doesn’t try to be an action film, but it is very well made.
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