|Who on earth is Matt Gerson?|
Shine is a truly strange name for the furnace of abuse and neglect and the magnificent transcending moments of aching triumph, as when David--magnificently played by Noah Taylor as a young man--through pools of sweat and eerie playing out of his life's blood on the piano, pays for the gold medal at the Albert Hall recital of Rachmaninoff's Third, goes beyond perfection to achieve piano concerto immortality and then his collapse afterwards as the exhaustion of John Gielgud's on the edge aficionado of always doing more and working more Cecil, has dragged and torn every ounce of energy from young David, and all that is left is his hands and the keys and the finish of the "Third Rock" is the end of David's rope as a creative force as well.
Shine could well be retitled Creating Triumph and Torment, for example, or MAngled Talent of a Musician's Soul, to somehow get across the soul-tormenting tale and highly scintillating sounds from Chopin to the always haunting Rachmaninoff that dance and delight our ears and inner senses and make Shine five Angles of magic on the keys, a triumph and tragedy and roller coaster of resolution and suffering, as the boy abused and the young man who shocks and dazzles the English classical halls sinks into an abyss of floundering five-and-diners and institutional neglect, only to somehow find his way, with the love of Lynne Redgrave's astrologer and loving spirit Gillian, to the true source of his pure talent and genius, all the while reduced by the starving lack of affection from family and parents to a mumbling mass of incoherent phrases about being squashed like a bug and succeeding over all despite what has been put into his head by a sullen, mean failure of a father who couldn't abide those with genius into another dimension in his own house.
The five Angles and best actor nods should go jointly to all three Davids, but Jeffrey Rush's David, the bizarre, oddball, Mozart as an adult, due to his longer screen time, should get the nod, but Noah Taylor as David as a young man and Alex [unintelligible--Rafaelowitz?] as David as a child, as well as the Scott Hicks bravura tale overall of direction and the always gorgeous cinematography by Jeffrey Simpson for this Australian production are also standouts.
Shine is the man and boy surviving the assault and anguish of perverted visions of success as abuse and living finally to call his creative genius and magnificent gifts all his own.
From terror to ostracism to shutting out to lost mind-frying loneliness and finally salvation, Shine has it all, with enough magic in the musical classics to delight anyone with a heart for loveliness created and guts found over adversity triumphant.
I'm Matt Gerson with five magic Angles out of five for a sure ten best for 1996.
|No way, this guy scares me! Take me back to||Deuce|