The Artist

November 18, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Posted in 2011 | Leave a comment

◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ½

This was the best silent film I have ever seen!  Well, the only one, actually.  But, I have to say I found it to be a pleasure from start to finish.  Using a silent film to tell the story of a movie star who cannot make the transition to talkies is a brilliant idea.  The two French leads, Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Beju, were wonderfully expressive and radiated in every scene. I think they both deserve Oscar nominations (if we are lucky, one of them will get one). While the story itself was a fairly typical love story, I enjoyed every scene along that journey.  I found it very funny and charming but was not at all moved by displays of negative emotions, such as love, anger, sadness, and despair.  I thought they were expressed beautifully and often in a nuanced way but they did not evoke emotion in me.  To me, that is a small criticism for one of the most original films I have seen in years.

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