Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo), it seems the sky's the limit major movie stardom awaits. The Artist tells the story of their interlinked destinies.
This is one of those films that totally deserves all the praise it has received. It will probably fall into the love it or hate category. But The Artist surpassed all negativity in this household - my husband stayed awake for the whole duration of the film - something alas many modern films do not achieve. Bravo!
After all the hype I was looking forward to watching this film. Sadly it did nothing for me. Maybe a twenty first version of black and white films requires a certain outlook and if that's the case, the directors and actors didn't have it. It was wooden, the pace slow, no hook that got me. I couldn't be bothered to watch it to the end and that's not because I'm into Hollwood high colour, high action films. For example, Coppola's Rumble Fish shot maily black and white with flashes of colour shows how it can be done. But this didn't reach the mark and Coppola's a master film maker.
A silent film about a vain and egotistical actor with a dog that does tricks. I got this only because of the BAFTA hype and the anticlimax was severe. The music which seemed so catchy 20's when I saw the trailer is pure incidental background. It doesn't go anywhere. I suppose it is a pastiche on real silent films but it is pretty dreary after a while. I imagine that to get so many BAFTA awards there was either a lot of lobbying / gifts or the panel were in their late 90's and found it nostalgic.
I agree with everything that the review by PV said.
All well done but an out of proportion response with the Baftas and Oscars. Nothing bad about it, just overhyped. I sometimes go back to a film more than once, this one I certainly would not consider a re look.
Good-looking but inconsequential movie about the movie business
- The Artist review by PV
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You rated this film: 3
I wouldn't say I didn't enjoy watching this movie - but, frankly, I can't see what all the fuss is about.
It's pleasant enough, with funny moments, some arch scenes and 'dialogue', and the usual sentimentality of the era it parodies. However, I feel clear that the reason this won the Oscars is because most of the voters at the Academy are over 60, live in LA and used to work in the movie business!
My reaction to this movie is 'so what?' - though I suspect women may like this love story more than men. Kids will hate it, for sure!
It looks great though - all the art deco cinemas. Actually, I can't fault a thing about this movie - except that is the whole concept of it: the interesting use of sound is fun, and the 'miniatures' hark back to 'Bride of Frankenstein'.
But it just didn't do it for me or those watching the film with me who were amazed it won any Oscars at all.
And I could see the 'twist' punchline ending coming a mile off.
The Anglo-French silent movie that is currently taking the world by storm The Artist is already looking to be a long standing classic. Starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman and James Cromwell The Artist tells the story of a young actor living in Hollywood in the late 1920’s George Valentin; with talking movies on the horizon Valentin wonders where his future lies and finds himself sharing his present with a beautiful young dancer with dreams of the big time.
The Artist had me almost from the word go and swept me through it’s runtime with a series of moving and humorous scenes that truly demonstrate the depth of human expression and performance. This movie pulls you into its narrative and holds you there, leaving you with absolutely no desire to escape. It is romantic and fun, interesting and different; nothing about this movie was a disappointment.
In a lot of ways The Artist reminded me of Singin’ in the Rain which too is a movie about the on set of talking pictures; both movies take a comedic look at what was in fact the end of a global phenomenon whilst also fantastically manipulating and indulging in the soundtrack to totally envelope you in the piece.
Where Singin’ in the Rain had Gene Kelly The Artist uses it’s fabulously classic soundtrack to create a secondary dimension to an already hugely impressive movie. You won’t miss Kelly anyway, as the performances in the piece are hugely impressive in themselves, it has been a long time since any actors have been able to demonstrate that emotion and laughter are so well tied into physicality rather than speech, for a writer this idea is a little concerning.
Yet by its completion The Artist will have you utterly blown away, all aspects of its appearance, performances and narrative are enchanting and fantastically well handled. It is not surprise it is pegged to win a lot of Oscar’s this year. I would give it more than four stars if I could.
You rated this film: 5
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Parental Guidance - general viewing but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children