Thursday, November 30, 2023

Pianoforte (2023)

This is the story of the recent Chopin Piano Competition in Poland. It follows a swath of performers as they prepare to play and interact with each other.

This is a very good  look at a nice group of people competing for the gold. It's full of great music and it's certain to make you smile.

And right about now the people behind this film are trying not to swallow their tongues because I'm giving sort of general non-detailed remarks concerning the film. I'm sorry about that but as good as this film is and and as enjoyable as it is, it suffers from one serious problem - it's very by the numbers. While I completely understand how the film won hearts at Sundance and awards elsewhere, the fact is that the film is structured very much like every other music competition doc of the last few years (The first one that comes to mind is MAESTRA about female conductors). It's so much in the mold that I left to go to the men's room and when I came back I knew exactly what was going on.

Does the run of the mill nature make it a bad film? No, it doesn't, I smiled from ear to ear from start to finish, but at the same time it will also make you wish it had a few more twists to make it stand out from the crowd.

My reservations aside this is worth a look if the subject interests you.

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