Rubbish movie. I could end the review here. Really.
To make a simple silent movie shouldn’t be so path breaking. One can only wish. After all hundreds were made in the early 1900s and probably made well. But to do it in 2012 must be something big. After all this movie has won so many awards and not just in America, but Europe and UK. Its a fluff movie. Imagine someone doing “Legally Blonde” in black and white and as a silent movie. Actually that sounds like a better idea than The Artist.
As in all silent movies, a lot of physical acting happens, a lot of visual metaphors are used. Sometimes these things hit a spot, especially the comic scenes and other times they don’t. The dog begins as a delightful add on, almost like Tintin’s dog Snowy but by the time the movie ends, it goes through the melodrama of the movie, the delight ends in a slow curve.
The music is terrific in bits, the parts where it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work fantastically. Personally it felt like the writing and the story didn’t work. It’s all too simplistic, and one wants to shake the director up and say “look here, there is so much potential here, do something!” but I doubt it would wake the director who must be steeped in Caesars, Baftas, Oscars, Critics choice awards and so many more.
The lead actor acts very well, and I suppose the appreciation he is getting in such great amounts is also all the appreciation that people feel towards great actors from that era.
After the movie, I had this urge to watch black and white silent movies to create a good memory of the time and art instead of living with the bad aftertaste of “The Artist”.