‘The Artist’ follows the story of George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), a silent movie star who becomes surplus to requirements when the ‘talkies’ come into fashion. His former co-star, Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) fares better as her career flourishes. The film follows their fortunes and their relationship.
As you may have figured, the film is almost completely silent and shot in black and white.
What will I like about this film?
I thought twice about reviewing this film because I genuinely couldn’t think of anything negative to say about it, and in truth I still can’t. I adored everything about it, despite having reservations about the fact that it was silent and couldn’t see how the story would progress with no dialogue. I was assured by a friend of mine who had seen it the night before that it flowed brilliantly, mainly due to the acting, something I completely agree with. Dujardin is tipped to win the Oscar for his role in this film and should confidently see off the challenge of George Clooney for his role in ‘The Descendants’. Not that there is anything wrong with ‘The Descendants’, it just rather wafts by without leaving much impression. Bejo is splendid too but this film belongs to Dujardin. The costumes were fabulous too and really helped you believe you were in the late 20s/early 30s.
What won’t I like about this film?
A black and white, silent film will not be to everyone’s taste and some won’t see it for those reasons but if you’re willing to throw caution to the wind, I’d be stunned if you don’t absolutely love ‘The Artist’. I’m quite the cynic, myself and I fell in love with it after about 10 minutes. If you don’t, you’re made of stone!
Absolutely stunning. Film of the year!