The Artist review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso
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.