In Case You Missed ItThe movie I have chosen to review for this week is titled The Legend of 1900.  Before I continue, let me just say, stop whatever you’re doing and go put this one on your Netflix list right now.  Come on, what are you waiting for?  Go put it on your list.  You’re still here!   Well, perhaps you should finish reading the review first.

The Legend of 1900 is an amazing story about a young man with the unlikely name of “1900” (played by Tim Roth), who is born, raised and spends his entire life aboard a ship known as the Virginian.  He also happens to have an amazing natural ability at playing the piano.

As time passes by, the Virginian serves many purposes from passenger ship to a floating hospital.  As the film sets out, the year is 1900 and the ship primarily caters to a high class clientele, as well as immigrants searching for a better way of life.  The young hero of the movie is raised in the bowels of the ship.  As he grows older, the crew learns of his prodigious piano skills and he finds usefulness playing for guests in dining room.

The movie is told through a series of flashbacks by a character named Max Tooney, the trumpet player aboard the Virginian.  When he boards the ship, he develops a fast friendship with 1900.  However, as the movie unfolds, we begin to learn that 1900 has essentially developed agoraphobia, and is uncomfortable with the idea of leaving the safety of his ship.

As the film progresses into the 1920’s, jazz music takes over.  This is one of the reasons this movie is really great.  The music is outstanding.  There’s lots of good piano jazz, as well as other forms and styles of music throughout.

You’ll have to forgive me for the brevity of this review.  It’s difficult to review a movie that has such a unique plot—I’d rather let the film speak for itself.  I assure you, this is one of the best movies I have ever seen—period.  It’s not just one of the best movies I’ve seen recently, or one of the best movies I’ve seen in the last few years—just plain ol’ one of the best I’ve ever seen.

But, I shouldn’t say things like that, because now I’ve built it up too much in your mind.  Forget I said that.  It’s just a good movie, and well worth the price of a rental.  My only regret is that I never got a chance to see it in the theater.

Title: The Legend of 1900
Year: 1998
Rating: R (for language)
Advisories: Foul Language (several uses of the “ f ” word)
Running Time:  120 minutes