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b&w, silent, not 3d. Yet easily one of the best films of the year!,
This review is from: The Artist [DVD] (DVD)
In an age of digital bluescreen special effects and uneccesary & often gimicky 3d "The Artist" almost seems like a breath of fresh air, despite it's format being over 80 years old!!
Set in the late 1920's in the growing dominance of cinema as the new entertainment, silent movie star George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is the biggest star of the day. At the premiere of his latest blockbuster he has a chance encounter with an aspiring young actress called Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo). Over the next two years Miller becomes the hottest leading lady in Cinema and the future looks bright for both of our leads. That is until the age of silent movies comes to a rather sudden end as talkies become the new sensation. Whilst Peppy Miller embraces the new change, George Valentin is reluctant, passing it off as a fad he goes on to finance his own blockbuster silent movie, but with his new film being released on the same day as Miller's hotly anticipated first talkie and his financial situation looking bleak following the 1929 market crash, George has to face a very difficult future with a far different life to the one he was living before the introduction of sound.
The Artist may not be everyone's cup of tea. If you can't stand the idea of an almost completely silent movie (except for the music score & 2 brief scenes with sound) then you probably won't get anything from this film. For lover's of old cinema, particularly feel good romantic drama-comedies with a cute sidekick dog that steals almost every scene then look no further! Jean Dujardin puts in an incredibly moving performance as we see his character's fortunes change throughout the movie, it takes a certain kind of skill to hold a 21st century viewer's attention without actually hearing his voice but you really get pulled in by his performance. For me it was this performance that made the film so special.
Whilst I don't think The Artist will signal a complete revival of the old ways of cinema, it's a reminder to the younger generations that you can still make a brilliant film, without colour, widescreen, 3d & even sound as long as you have a cracking story and a perfect cast. And this film definitely has that.