Friday, 27 December 2013

'The Artist' Film Review

Nominated for ten Oscars and winning 5 including 'Best Picture', 'The Artist' was a delightful, entertaining and thoughtful watch.

George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), a famed silent movie star, meets aspiring actress/dancer Peppy (Berenice Bejo) and helps her on her career. But with the dawn of talking movies, George's silent world spirals out of control. 

The style of the movie is perhaps its most impressive factor- filmed in black and white, it is like you're watching a silent movie. Captions every now and again allow you to understand what they're saying but this is hardly necessary as you are engaged and you understand by their expressive body language.

Plot wise, it was fun and cheerful to begin with but slowly turned quite dark. The character of George was so strong and the performance so polarised, it was really wonderfully acted. The propulsion to the climax was tense, heightened by the sound track. It was a fantastically dramatic finish, but ended on a high note and with hope. 

In an age of visual domination, where movies strive to be the most glitzy, has the best effects and the bombardment of 3D and IMAX, it was captivating to see a movie filmed in such a style to capture audiences worldwide and goes to show that a good story and good performances is the essence for a good movie!


Jean Dujardin- George Valentin
Berenice Bejo- Peppy Miller

Also stars James Cromwell, John Goodman and Penelope Ann Miller.

Oscar Winner George Valentin was stunning in this role- animated, emotional and genuine. His chemistry with Berenice Bejo was also lighthearted, sweet and believable. A special mention has to go to Uggie the dog was such a stellar performance- so real and disciplined that my sister asked if it was real! If they also give Oscars to animals, Uggie would surely win one :)

'The Artist' is a beautifully captivating movie that oozes style and flair as it documents the rise and fall of actors in the 20s. Led by Jean Dujardin with a wonderful support cast, the performances were delightful and powerful. This movie deserved all the Oscars it got and is definitely a must watch if you haven't seen it already!

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