Sunday, January 22, 2012

Movie Review - The Artist

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I had the great pleasure of going to see The Artist on friday evening.  Let me start by telling you, it was a silent movie.  I wanted to go see it for the gorgeous costumes and the novelty of a silent movie, but had braced myself for the potential of being bored with a movie that wasn't a "talkie".

I was SOO wrong.

It was visually beautiful and the costumes were amazing (as I had suspected) but what surprised me what how much could be conveyed by gestures and facial expressions.  I could almost hear what the actors were saying in my mind.  The talent was astounding.
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The basic plot is set in 1927 and follows the story of George Valentin (Jean DuJardin) a silent film star and his struggles as the "talkie" begins to take hold in Hollywood.  You watch as George goes from a man on top of the world to one who is struggling just to get by.  At the same time, Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), an extra in one of George's films and his love interest, sees her career as an actress take off and she becomes a rising young star.

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The range of emotion in the movie is breathtaking.  It's joyful, desperate and passionate all at once.  The music perfectly accompanies each emotion, and "Uggo" the dog steals the show ;) I can't recommend it highly enough.  If you see it, let me know how you enjoy it!


Hugs and Smooches,
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2 comments:

  1. Splendid review. this was last years best film!

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  2. I've heard so much about this movie, but didn't see a clip until the SAG Awards the other night. So much was conveyed in that brief glimpse that I'm sure the movie is amazing. And I bet you loved the fashions!

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