Back in 1993 the film The Piano was released. It was nominated for 7 Oscars and won 3. Being so acclaimed I wanted to watch the movie, but knowing it was going to be one of those “artsy” Oscars movies, I pushed it off – 10 years. Even when Christian mentioned it as his favorite movie in Fifty Shades of Grey I was hesitant, I often appreciate these artsy movies, but don’t enjoy them.
The Piano is the story of a mute woman in the late 1800s who is sent with her daughter to New Zealand for an arranged marriage. Although Ada does not speak verbally, she does speak through her Piano, it often expresses her mood and she’s lost when she doesn’t have it. It’s also the device that brings shame and then love into her life.
The movie will scripted, dramatic and shows how people speak without speaking. While it was a bit slow, I can see why Christian would like it, or at least appreciate it. Although Christian has no trouble expressing himself in words, he often does so with his piano. He’s often playing sad songs after waking from a nightmare. By the end of the story though, his mood has changed and his songs are more hopeful, a bit like Ada.
I’m glad I waited 10 years to watch the movie, although I would have understood the movie back then, I wouldn’t have appreciated it as much. I have grown as a person and can appreciate communication better now, but also the reference of Christian added that last little bit to make it a truly enjoyable movie.