Film Review: The Artist

Starring: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell
Directed by: Michel Hazanavicius

Today, I have seen the movie, “The Artist”. The movie that won, “Best Picture”, at this year’s Oscar awards show. I just had to see the film for myself so I can find out why it won, “Best Picture”.

Before the movie, I did pick up, “Game of Thrones – Season 1” on DVD and the new Springsteen album, “Wrecking Ball”. On with my review…

Plot/synopsis: This movie is set in Hollywood between the years 1927 – 1932 (back in those days, it used to be called, “Hollywoodland”). Silent film star, George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), celebrates the release of his film, “A Russian Affair” at the premiere. There, he meets a young woman named, Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), who is a big fan of Valentin’s acting career. The next day after, the two of them find themselves on the cover of Variety where Peppy gives a kiss on George’s cheek. Peppy drew a lot more attention than George and his new film instead. Peppy later, auditions for a role for a film as a dancer as she is of course, hired on the spot.

George began to fall crazily in love with her, but she has become a bigger star than him as years went along. As the 1930’s gets closer, sound film is introduced (movies with talking). As sound film is introduced, this began to turn George Valentin’s life upside down.

After seeing this film finally, I can now see why this film won, “Best Picture”. It certainly deserved the win. This was a beautifully made film. While this is the return of “silent film”, it’s not all the way a “silent film”. Not trying to give spoilers, but get the hint of “sound film” being introduced. That’s what the film is, it’s an introduction of “sound film”, movies with talking.

I was blown away with this film. So far, it’s the best film of 2012. Everything about this film is perfect. The writing, the acting, the musical score, etc. I wasn’t even bored one bit, and was entertained all the way through. Silent film may seem boring, but if you actually give this film a try, you won’t be bored at all. It was very enjoyable, and heartfelt. Powerful.

I was impressed with Jean Dujardin, so he definitely deserved the “Best Actor” win for the Oscars. John Goodman and James Cromwell was great as well. The real star we’re talking about here, is that dog in the film. The dog is what made the movie enjoyable. Without the dog, the film wouldn’t have mattered.

I love silent film. It’s beautiful art, so this deserves to make a comeback. This movie was filmed just like it was a real silent film. After watching this movie in theater, I kind of felt like I was in the 1920’s years. This film totally made you feel like what it would be like to watch a movie in theater like that back in those days. This movie, I believe, was a homage to Hollywoodland.

This film was definitely a masterpiece. Like I said once before, after this film, I can see Hollywood making more new silent movies. I hope Hollywood does make more. Could silent film over shadow the comeback of 3D movies??? That’s what I’m kind of hoping ’cause silent film is better than 3D, in my opinion.

Definitely check this movie out soon before it stops playing.

Score for “The Artist” = (**** “4 stars” as in Excellent)


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