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The Artist left me speechless

Plot

One man’s struggle to find relevance in the world when everything he’s known and loved gets turned on its head by the advancement of technology…I didn’t expect this movie to be so deep.

I have to admit that during the dream sequence I thought the film might be taking a Pleasantville turn, but that ended up not being the case.

Characters

The main character had a very William Powell/Thin Man quality about him, thanks in part to the dog that went everywhere with him.

Everyone did such a great job that, if I hadn’t recognized a few of them, I’d have believed it really was an old film.

Visuals

They really captured the feel of both old films and the 1920s and 30s in general, from the outfits to the scene transitions, to the opening credit style and more.

Product Placement

Product placement in a film like this? That’d just be silly, wouldn’t it?

Rewatchability

I’ve mentioned in a few of my reviews how I’ve waited months to see a film, only to have them not live up to the hype I’ve given them…but not here!

My only regret with The Artist is that I wasn’t able to see it in theaters.

21 comments on “The Artist left me speechless

  1. I’m so glad you loved this. It deserves a perfect score and a raving review. It left me speechless, too. I agree on every one of your points. What a shame you didn’t get to see it in theaters. I pre ordered it a month or two ago and it’s supposed to come in any day now. Even more excited now that I know it’ll still be great on DVD. I was honestly worried the two experiences would be different. Well, they probably will be, but I highly doubt, after reading your review, that the DVD experience will be one bit disappointing. Wonderful writeup.

    • The local theater tricked me by keeping the poster up long after the film was gone.

      Most of my favorite films are from the 1930s, and the 1920s was my favorite decade, so I can’t help but love this film.

      I’ll probably get a copy of my own soon.

  2. I don’t really get the plot. Is he struggling with the advancement of technology in the 1920s and 1930s?

    • The advancement of technology (the invention of “talkies”) caused the main character to feel obsolete (something that happened to quite a few real silent film stars) so the movie was about his struggle with his loss of identity and purpose because he wasn’t able to keep up with the changing times.

      He wasn’t able to make the transition to films with sound because of his accent, which was revealed in the final moments of the film.

      • *gasp* You ruined it for me! Noooo!

        • This movie is impossible to ruin because it’s almost flawless. Haha

          You can still enjoy it even if you know the entire plot beforehand (which, in fact, I did not actually give away)

          I did assume from your last comment that you had already seen it but didn’t understand it. I see now that you were considering “technology” to be computers and stuff…I meant it in the “new inventions” kind of way.

          • Nah I haven’t seen it. I wasn’t sure if it had to do with time travel or if it was set in the future and people wore 1920s clothing. It sounds like an interesting movie though.

  3. Great review. Saw The Artist twice in the theater with a good sized audience each time. Just hearing the audience interact with the film in theater mode was such a kick. Hadn’t expected that. Actually didn’t know what to expect so it was a wonderful treat. Each viewing re-emphasized just how much can be effectively communicated without words, and just how terribly wordy we can be. Thanks again for the review!

  4. I was just so pleased that the decision to make this a silent b&w movie wasn’t just a gimmick, it actually made the story of the film more interesting. I would love to see this one again soon.

  5. I have this sat waiting for me to watch, i will have to do so now.

  6. I said this would win for best picture right after I saw it. It’s the most complete movie of 2011.

  7. I’ll have to send you this DVD as a gift. ;)

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