Trailer: Elijah Wood’s Hitchcockian Dazzler, “GRAND PIANO”Movies/TV,News Samuel Zimmerman
An endlessly thrilling exercise in classic suspense and wonderful style, Eugenio Mira’s GRAND PIANO has debuted its official trailer for the upcoming U.S. release. It’s a neat set up, laying the conceit of the film before us and then proceeding to unload a deluge of the film’s elating visual flair. It’s a good taste of an audience experience that’s very exciting, indeed.
In GRAND PIANO, Elijah Wood plays renowned, and now reclusive, pianist Tom Selznick who stopped performing after a severe live misstep years ago. On the occasion of his long-awaited return to the stage, in a grand concert hall in Chicago, Tom is confronted with a dire situation. Notes in his music indicate he must play every note correctly or he’ll die tonight. With a simple premise, GRAND PIANO really takes off. Mira’s style cleverly recalls De Palma, Argento and the master, Hitchcock, while Wood delivers an incredible, urgent lead performance.
While certainly a good way to anticipate GRAND PIANO, I’d recommend only watching about half of this trailer, as some of these images you’ll want to take in on as large a screen as possible.