Movie Review: The Artist (2011)

For a film that's silent, The Artist is making a whole lot of noise in public and critics' circles alike.

I recently caught the much-acclaimed film and I can say that it's real deal. And when I say real deal, the film that has a very good chance of winning Best Picture at the Oscars.

Director Michel Hazanavicius' film is really a throwback to Hollywood of old-- heck, even the Hollywood sign says "Hollywoodland." At its core, the film is about how people are caught up in an era transition. The Artist shows how silent film star George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) deals with the emergence of "talkies," or films with sound.

Speaking of sound, it's a constantly recurring theme throughout the film. Apart from being an important plot element, sound represents acceptance of the new era, both for Valentin and 1920's Hollywood. Pulling something off like this is just great cinema in my books.

The Artist is a unique film in an industry where 3D and CGI are all the rage. What sets this apart is the satisfying story-telling and terrific performances by the actors despite the lack of sound and color. It's an absolute must see.

Rating: 5/5

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