The Pianist tells the story of a Polish Jew musician who is trying to survive during Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland. It is based on the autobiography by Wladyslaw Szpilman. The movie stars Adrien Brody, Emilia Fox and Thomas Kretschmann.
The story is told through seperate events of Wladyslaw Szpilman's life and it's organized very well. The movie is 2 hours and 30 minutes but I still felt like I wanted to see more. It is very emotionally grasping but I still wanted to see more or at least less but longer events. And that is the only thing that can be improved.
After seeing Adrien Brody's performance in this movie, I have no idea why he hasn't become an A list actor. He was brilliant in this movie and he definitely deserved the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
This is without a doubt Roman Palonski's most heartfelt movie. Since he is a Holocaust survivor himself, this movie has a tone that is very emotionally engaging. Some of the scenes are very hard to watch. The shots are old fashioned and incredibly effective. After every sequence, there is a cut to black. At first I thought a smooth and invisible transition would make it better but the cut to black makes each sequence really settle in.
Overall, The Pianist is a phenomenal movie and it is defintely the best Holocaust movie ever made. Better than Schindler's List but sadly not celebrated as much. I recommend this to everyone who enjoys an emotional movie.