Today for the blog is another one of my first ever reviews I wrote back in 2008 and it’s for another classic New Zealand film, The Piano. This is also the last of those early 2008 reviews I wrote to get me into the film review world, and that means I’ll soon start posting up my 2009 reviews which was when my film reviewing really kicked into gear in a professional sense. But, for now, here’s the last of that first batch.
Now for a review of a real New Zealand classic, The Piano, which was written and directed by Jane Campion, though this is the only film of hers I’ve ever seen. It had been many years since I had seen this film, and as time passes memories fade and you can’t help wondering why did this film do so well around the world and pick up 3 Academy Award’s? Well then you watch it again and you’re reminded that this really is a strange and beautiful film unlike anything else I’ve ever seen before.
I’m sure many people remember the Best Supporting Actress acceptance speech from Anna Paquin at the 1994 Academy Awards, but how many people really remember that amazing performance she gave as a 10 year old? I sure didn’t. But upon viewing this film again for the first time in maybe 10 years, I was pleasantly surprised to see this film again with fresh eyes and still be amazed at its genuine beauty.
The 11 year old Paquin fully deserved that award, and the continued success she has received since with her current roles and performances. Also not to mention the film fully deserved its Best Actress Academy Award for Holly Hunter and the award for Best Original Screenplay, as it really is a unique love story written by Campion.
The film cost $7 million US, and even now that’s a lot of money for a New Zealand film, so back in 91, when it was filmed, that was a huge budget, but every dollar is up on the screen. The epic quality of the New Zealand scenery has also never been so well represented on film as this film achieved. We happened to film our digital feature film Hidden in and around similar areas that The Piano was filmed, so I know the beauty of the area and the difficulty of the environment to film in, so their budget was well I spent I say.
Has this film stood the test of time? In my book, yes, yes it has.
8 out of 10 from me!!!