The Legend of 1900 (La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano) Reviews
Interesting concept, not well used. The idea of a man who has never set foot on land, whose whole world is one ship and cannot relate to the world outside was a very original and promising one. However, the story really doesn't explore any of these themes well. The story is quite superficial, full of empty, devoid of context sentimentality and contrived, implausible situations. It's a simple linear storyline with faux-sentimental, style-over-substance scenes dropped in.
Even the tone is wrong. The movie is often cartoonish in its sub-plots and characters. What was needed was gravitas, not cheap thrills.
The conclusion does provide some insights into 1900's motivations and outlook on life but still isn't that profound.
This all said, the storyline was reasonably interesting and there is some good tension towards the end.
Solid work by Tim Roth in the lead role. Pruitt Taylor Vince is a touch unconvincing and irritating as Max Tooney. The lack of gravitas is almost entirely his, or at least his character's, doing. Supporting cast are fine.
Ultimately, a reasonably interesting plot but nothing more than that.
There are some flaws here, you will think, "Well, no way that would happen" or "I would never delt with it that way". It shifts from wonderful til mediocre. It's also very long. I saw the 160 minutes version, but I still feel that it couldn't have been cut down much. The score is amazing, naturally, and at times you can close your eyes and just experience the sounds. I must say that it's well acted as well.
Maybe a bit clicheful, with stereotypical characters and a way of presentation that does not stand out. It's pretty easy to figure the ending of many scenes.
Tornatore has earlier tributed the woman, his city, his love for film and now also music and jazz.
I don't know why but it's still pretty unknown. A few adjustments could have done it great, but this is "just" very good. A big plus is the amazing duel scene, woah!
7 out of 10 shakey eyes.
Almost three hours of a wonderful movie. Of course, you have to love music first.. and then Pruitt Taylor Vince, which is always a delight..