I was late to the game for The Artist.
I meant to go, but I never got around to it. What a horrible excuse. But, due to all the awards and nominations the movie has been getting (10 OSCAR NOMINATIONS), it came out in theaters for a second time. Luckily, I didn’t miss the boat this time around.
I’d heard a lot of great things about the movie, but I didn’t really know what to expect. Moreover, I was told it was a silent movie. This worried me; would a film like this be able to hold my attention in an age of action-packed instant gratification and amusement?
Friends, fear not. Just get yourselves to the movie theater. This movie was, in my opinion, a wonderful example of how a movie doesn’t need dialogue, action, or obvious comedy to make itself a success. And it was a great reminder of how movies used to be– and how they can be just as enjoyable as movies today!
I actually felt like my senses were more engaged than they would be during a more recent movie, because I had to invent the sound for myself. There was music, obviously, but no spoken dialogue– it was only written out on the screen when such lines were crucial to the plot development. And I really enjoyed that component of my viewing experience– I promise it’s not intimidating!
I was so impressed with the actor portrayals– the film crew did such a great job of making Bérénice Bejo and Jean Dujardin look like Hollywood stars from the ’20s. John Goodman was a great addition, as always. And you can’t forget the little dog!
So, if it’s still in theaters near you, go see it! Check it off your “Must-See” Oscars list!