Written January 16, 2012
This film has the look and feel of the silent era, with a wonderful score. I was not expecting that it would be largely a silent movie, and I think the concept and execution were incredibly creative. I think it is a film that would be particularly enjoyable for vintage film enthusiasts but anyone will be able to appreciate the warmth of the story.
Written July 31, 2014
Other than "timeless," "powerful," "graceful" and that is only the words that are coming off the top of my head. Michel Hazanavicius made a movie about how powerful and underrated the silent film and the silent film era was and his final product was absolutely exquisite. I expected top quality film making from this movie because all of the critics say that this movie will carry the most gravity to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards and I wasn't disappointed at all. Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo were splendid and Hazanavicius' love letter to this completely classic era was extraordinary and I couldn't take my eyes off of the screen. First class all the way.
Written August 23, 2014
the Artist like Hugo is a praiseworthy movie and a lamentation on the end of movies. While it stands as a story of the early days of talking pictures, it also seems to be saying we are heading into a new era of entertainment that does not involve the community experience of theater going - only personal viewing of images via internet. What is the difference? caring , which is the theme of the Artist. everybody cares about the lead actor, even his dog! And he may not realize this because he is narcissistically involved with his public image . All manner of photographic( "looking" thru the lense of the camera) and plot devices( characters as guardian angels) are used to simulate the reality of movie making so that like Hugo it is panoply of film making history. 5 *'s
Written September 17, 2014
A lot more style than substance, but worth seeing. The silent movie trick wears thin after a while, but here is some stunning cinematography. The dog steals the show.
Written July 29, 2014
This is one of the most original and brilliant films I have seen in a very long time. I was worried at first that I wouldn't be able to sit and focus for an hour and forty minutes because it's a silent film but it kept my attention the entire time. Great casting, directing, writing, and acting. There isn't one thing I would change about this film if I could, PERFECT. Go see it, you will love it!