The Artist (2012)

The film follows George Valentin, a silent film actor who’s life and career come crashing down with the arrival of “talkies”.

First of all I would like to say that I did enjoy this film, it was charming, sweat and at times quite funny. But…

This film doesn’t deserve the extent of nominations that it’s getting. The film is painfully episodic and tediously predictable and the film lacks a certain originality that you would of hoped to see. The plot itself is much like Singing in the Rain or A Star is Born and most of the K-9 comedy is ripped from Fraser and a lot the jokes are wasted on how predictable the film is.

But the presence that Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo bring to the screen is absolutely out standing. Without those cheesy grins this film wouldnt of worked and both actors are perfect for this film. But surprisingly more well known actors like John Goodman and James Cromwell don’t over act in the way that suits silent film. And are completly over shadowed by Jean Dujardin, and what the heck is Malcolm McDowell doing there!?

As I said about how this film shouldn’t be nominated for what it has been. The music is defiantly gunna win something; it’s the only thing consistantely amazing through out. But what really puzzles me about this is, the message through out the film is that talking pictures are far better than silent films. So having the Oscars nominate a silent film for best picture, kind of stands against what the Artist says through out and the Oscars themselves.

All in all this a charming little family film for kids of all ages. I just hope it doesn’t win best film. Jean Dujardin could possibly win best actor. But it raises the question of do you have to act more if you’re not talking. Where in this case just over acting counts as acting.

F.O.T.M.

Episodic, predictable but incredibly charming. A nostalgic time capsule made to reminice over how great and simple cinema used to be. A good film but to early to speculate it being the best of 2012.


Best line in the film: “Why do you refuse to talk?”– George Valentin’s wife. Probably not the most obvious line but the most profound and meaningful for George’s views on talking pictures.

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One thought on “The Artist (2012)

  1. This was a very well-made film and had its moments where it captures the whole spirit and essence of the silent film era but it’s not that life-changing experience that everybody says it is. Still, a good flick though and I do think it does still deserve the Best Picture Oscar just because I don’t think The Descendants would be a very good winner that will last for the ages. Good review.

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