MOVIE REVIEW: GRAND PIANO (Eugenio Mira, 2013)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

My notes on Grand Piano:

1. I love watching trailers. Do not watch the one for this movie to avoid any spoilers. You might end up liking it more than I did.

2. Elijah Wood had really huge eyes so it was easy for him to act anxious and scared. I had to check his feet if they were hairy as well.

3. The plot felt like a rejected sub-plot of National Treasure. I wished there was a twist that Chopin’s great-great-great granddaughter would be one of the characters. Hey, I need to write that screenplay!

4. And the owner of that villain’s voice was…(it could have been a welcome surprise). Damn you, trailer!!

5. Oh, I forgot about the poster. Forget the surprise.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published March 1, 2014.)

MOVIE REVIEW: JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (Brad Peyton, 2012)

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The Rock seemed to have failed as a serious action star so he chose to go the Disney route by starring in adventure movies that pandered to kids.

In this one, he flexed his muscles, raised his eyebrows, and wiggled his pecs all for comic relief. Anybody under the age of 12 (especially those amused by cute little elephants) would enjoy this flick; anyone over might be less interested.

I liked the idea of entering the world of Jules Verne and I wondered what could have resulted if they made it more adult ala National Treasure.

Luis Guzman was the perfect choice to play the sidekick role, though. He was just too damn hilarious!!

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published February 4, 2012.)