Written August 20, 2014
I only heard about this movie because I worked as a video tech at an event where the trailer for the film was played. Other than that, I never saw any advertisement for it. The trailer intrigued me, and it just so happened that the movie came out in theaters at the same time that I was to go on a date with a girl. So I invited her to come see this movie. I was honestly worried about asking a girl to go see a silent film on the first date, but it turned out to be a wonderful experience. The Artist ended up being one of the most satisfying movies that either of us had ever seen.
This movie glued everyone to the screen for its entire duration. Nobody in the audience said a single word. The movie does require concentration but it's easy because it is so enthralling. The movie gets very dramatic; but just when it gets to be too much, there is comic relief in all the right places but it doesn't detract from the emotion in the story.
Written December 17, 2011
Kudos to the writer/director for one of the most creative, lovely, movies in years!!!
The engaging story and actors, even "in silence" made the time fly by.
The movie is funny and charming, cleverly winking at all the conventions of silent movies in the past.
Lauded as "an ode to Hollywood" ( which it is) I also found it to be a touching story for our time, our "Great Depression." The story of the middle aged silent film actor trying to adjust to talkies, could be the tale of factory workers and magazine staffers, trying to adjust to the new economy today and being passed over by the new industries and the young people who run them. If you are ten or older, go see it!!!!!!
Written July 24, 2014
Beautifully acted and directed. Could have moved faster, but it was a pleasure to enjoy the technique and that it was so poignant despite the fact that there was no dialogue.
Written November 28, 2011
LOVED it. It has style, wit, excellence, beauty. What a triumph in an otherwise grim time for movies. It proves movies can be original and vital. V. exciting for everyone.
Written December 25, 2011
I almost skipped seeing The Artist thinking it would be too 'arty' or I would tire of the lack of dialogue or black and white format. However, none of my assumptions played out. I'm glad we saw The Artist in the movie theater, as it was meant to be viewed. I think I would have become restless watching a silent, black and white film on disk at home. The male lead, Jean Dujardin, reminds me of Gene Kelly. The lovely black and white cinematography is delux; at times, the blacks look like velvet. Watching the film, I felt transported. I'm glad I gave it a chance because The Artisit is one of the most enjoyable films I've seen in a long time. There are many cameo appearances, tap dancing and a romance that doesn't devolve into a predictable, gratuitous sex scene. Bravo!