Very well acted and filmed. Excellent story with added feature of being a throwback to the silent film era. Not exactly the film for those interested in action, horror or adventure.
What a wonderful movie! Jean Dujardin epitomised the effortless charm and swagger of a Douglas Fairbanks type movie hero, it was a pleasure just to watch him twinkle and dazzle. The attention to detail was amazing, so different to most movies, perfect in every respect from sets, costumes, lighting and cinematography to acting and casting.
Different, but quite entertaining.
Don't know what all the hoo haa was about. Only good things were locations, costumes and cinematograph. Movie itself was boring.
Anyone who calls this movie "boring" just isn't very bright. It's a work that needs study, and as a photographer I'd say it's essential viewing. Brilliant use of light and true expression. Wonderful.
C'est magnifique. C'est superb. Encore, encore.
Top movie. Takes a while to get into the story but once you get the hang of where it's headed you're in for a treat. The star of the show is the Fox Terrier.
a silent film. something different. gives insight to what the old movies were like. worth watching.
Terrific facial expressions telling the story, really liked this a lot. Loved the fact it was so very different. And quiet!
This film turned out to be better than I expected.It made very entertaining use of the dramatic body language acting of the silent film era to tell the story of a top movie star who lost out in the transition to sound. With an excellent supporting dog act this is a feel good romance story.
The Artist is a well-intentioned, if ultimately disappointing, ode to silent films. It's glorious to look at and offers a timely reminder that CGI needn't rule all. However, it's let down by a cheesy, predictable story line and all variety of gimicks. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Perrhaps director Michel Hazanavicius had this in mind when making The Artist. He was wrong. And if you need proof, look no further than the plethora of crappy Hollywood remakes current lingering in bargain bins worldwide. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a beautiful, heartfelt homage to films of a bygone era, add Martin Scorsese's Hugo to the top of your queue.
This was an enjoyable movie, not brilliant, not boring...somewhere in between.
Wow!! Just wow! The black and white, silent "The Artist" shows what great film making is all about. This is a stunning film. Do yourself a favour and watch a real film. Highly highly recommended.
A black and white, mostly silent movie (with music and some sound effects) made in 2011, and set in Hollywood in the period transitioning between silent and talkie movies. This film is a masterpiece of intelligent human storytelling - great leads, great human story, focussed, funny, convincing and entertaining. The story is told very effectively and engagingly using actions, facial expressions and restrained use of silent movie captions, as well as the brilliant musical score, which perfectly captures the tone of movies of the period. A French production, I will be looking out for other work by writer/director Michel Hazanavicius, and Jean Dujardin, who is charismatic and utterly convincing as a silent movie star.
This one is miles ahead in the worst movie that I have seen this year. A total waste of time. i went to sleep watching it.
In the first 25 mns. I was prepared not to like this. After the Orchestra got going and the plot became clearer I was hooked. The acting with no sound was amazing,you could feel every emotion. Oh no she'll have an accident!!!!! Not the Gun!!!!! Don't do it Don't do it. She did ,He did'nt. Watch it if only for the soundtrack. Just Brilliant. Make sure you watch the "Special Features".
Loved it from beginning to end.
The dog should have had top billing! Quite enjoyable movie, certainly different, but wont appeal to everyone
Although this is described as a silent movie, it isn't: It's a mime. It portrays the period well and the acting is engaging but, for what is a good idea, it lacks a bit; and cliche upon cliche make it self-indulgent.
Gus Van Sant's "Restless" is a true silent movie as he had the actors re-do their scenes, 'silent fashion' (accessed from the extras menu). It's a real treat and leaves this in the back stalls.
We enjoyed the movie - very clever.
If you like shooting movies or if you get fidgety if there hasn’t been a car chase or brawl for over 5 minutes then DON’T GET THIS DVD!!!
But, if you like films such as Casablanca, To kill a mocking bird and a million other B&W films that I can think of that have class and were made by intelligent, talented film makers then do yourself a favour and get this today! You won’t be disappointed.
One star for originality of idea. Overall i found it be quite dull and a little pretentious. Not fond of either of the leads, the philandering movie star and the ambitious starlet were quite unlikeable. After the f irst few minutes I found myself wanting to fast forward the rest and then didn't bother watching at all.
About as interesting as watching a football match without a ball. I can't see the point in producing a modern film that is totally silent. Communication was by way of printed sub-titles and a large dose of over-acting. I have plenty of silent movies in my library and don't need to watch a fake one. Boring.
Full credit to the set designers, costume personnel, etc. Everything has been done to recreate the look and feel of the 20s early 30s. It's a stunning homage to that period, a nice valentine. The first 20 minutes I found slow, but if you stay with it, it picks up significantly in storyline. The silent period is my favourite cinematic era, with true pioneers in their field. Just proves that perhaps silent movie making should come back, as the language in modern day film isn't worth hearing.
Still, if this film makes you want to go and check out more silent film, than it's been worth it. I say go directly to the source, directors like D.W, Griffiths, Pabst, Murnau and actors of the calibre of Keaton, Chaplin, Brooks, Gaynor, Gish, etc. Makes you truly relaise what once was. Sure don't have that high standard now.
One of my favourite movies of the year. For a silent film to hold your attention and be drawn into the beautiful world of the Artist, is a feat and it is very charming in all aspects :)
This is a delightful film and so beautifully crafted. Hardly a word is spoken, but not missed, such is the power of film when done well.
Brilliant! Who would ever have thought that a silent movie in B&W could be so brilliant. Very clever and it hit all the right notes of interest. Immaculate photography, sets and acting. The only 'BUT' is that you need to be a bit of a movie geek.
OK, I can see where this is coming from, and I can see why it was popular amongst film critics and movie afficianados, but this is essentially just a retelling of 'A star is born" liberally smothered in nostalgia. Well enough made, but somehow very hollow.
It was easier to view on fast forward!
very different movie but loved it so much....both leads were outstanding - but have to admit with other reviewers - the dog was the best.....reminded me of my fav movie of all time 'singing in the rain'.....same topic just a different telling...
brillant movie. Leading man and woman fantastic, but the dog stole the show.
Different & very cleverly done. Very slow & drawn out at times.
Boring and annoying, couldn't bear to sit thru it
This is a movie about making movies. In a historical sense, very important for modern audiences. You can see hoe the technology affects the story, the actors and the whole ambiance. Surprisingly, the story and emotions come through perfectly clearly in a silent movie. Seeing this makes you appreciate the skills of being an actor.
When this won the Oscar for best picture, I was intrigued. Not every Oscar winner has won me over (eg I thought the Hurt Locker was not very good). I thought maybe this was a pretentious arty type of movie that snobby TV movie critics like to give 5 stars for as it is in black & white and is a silent movie. It is that, but it also has a lot of heart and soul and I really enjoyed it despite my reservations. I agree with so many reviwers that the little dog steals the whole movie. If they had Oscars for animals...
enthralling and enjoyable. soundtrack was brilliant and acting great
Different, but not deep. I find it difficult to be compassionate over the struggles of vain celebrities when there are people in the world with real problems. Like I said, entertaining for what it is, and original in format, though unfulfilling at a deeper level for me personally.
I thought this movie was a bit slow to start with and wondered how I was going to watch a completely silent movie all the way through, but I did and I enjoyed it. The dog won me over completely. Well worth a watch
I can see how it is not everyone’s cup of tea..If you enjoy foreign film genre or films that are of high quality cinematography and top direction and acting and storyline this is the movie for you (and me). It is no Twister or Titanic if that is what you are expecting....this is a quiet simple story line and filmed with passion and sincerity...now please I am no movie snob I love the block buster’s...Just don't expect something this movie is not.. I absolutely loved it!! Cheers
well what a waste of postage
You have to be in the right mood for this movie.,
It is clever but it has the caveat. - the fact that it's a modern homage on the silent movie era.
Unlike the reviewers I did not enjoy it as much as they did but it was watch-able. Cinema-graphically it is clean and clear and shadowy only when it wants to be. I expected a good music score although it was lower and not as swelling or surrounding as I would have hoped. Yet it's tempo was well matched to the movie.
The acting (mugging is the word) especially the female character was too bright, the plot and presentation was recreation of the silent movie era but I would have liked a more modern more brutally honest treatment. This in reality WAS the true Hollywood hedonism times and the material the death of silent style. for me it was too romantically involved with the myth rather than the reality of the times. Try Gore Vidal's book as a starter.
I kind of expected an entourage plot with a silent movie treatment.
Watch the special features they are excellent, especially the architecture short as there is a great Easter egg for Blade Runner fans and might explain some of that movie's styling and why the Blade runner soundtrack has a Torch song.
Really enjoyed this movie. It was a real novelty being silent, plus felt it was good idea not to make the storyline too complicated so it was easy to follow with no sound. Just hope Hollywood doesn't go overboard & make a whole lot of these types of movies, this one was good for a change, but too many would spoil it. Actors good, loved the dog.
This is a very enjoyable movie; a bit slow to start but gains momentum as it goes along. An unusual movie because it is almost entirely silent and black and white. It becomes quite emotional half way through, and has a satisfying ending.
I guess you would have to be an older person who has actually viewed silent movies. The film was true to form, plus. My husband and I laughed, cried and enjoyed all the actions without sound. I guess one would have to see beyond the 'critique' and look at the film with just enjoyment and pleasure of times gone by. The characteristics of the 'Silent Films' belong to only a few now.
On the plus side, the black & white cinematography was beautiful, the sets and costumes also beautiful and the actors were perfectly cast. However, the story was too simple and unsophisticated to make this more than a novelty.
Cleverly done. Worth a watch.
Loved the movie and the storyline. The dog gave us a few laughs.
Can't honestly say I watched it from beginning to end. Didn't quite suck me in so I was a little disappointed considering all the rave reviews but I'm the kind of girl that if I am not sucked in within the first 30 it really doesn't grow on me. Gave it an extra 20 and still nothing. Brilliant acting though, just found the script a little boring. :o)
I saw the trailer on Apple's tralier website before the movie was even released. I thought at that time was a great movie it will be and I was not disappointed, especially with Jean Dujardin in it.
Jean Dujardin did deserve to win the oscar and the movie deserved all the oscars as well. I was happy it did win.
It was a bit sad in part of the movie but that unfortunately is what happened to a lot of actors from the silent era.
Highly recommended. Loved the music as well. It is worth watching again.
Really enjoyed it from start to end brilliantly done.
Brought me back to days when I was growing up and my mum and I would watch old movies together and do craft.
A silent movie about a silent movie that was a silent movie that became a talking movie. Interesting concept for a modern piece but very good creatively.
It was a bit slow, but then you really have to love old movies to appreciate what was really going on. I loved it - but I appreciate that others may not; but I think it has to be viewed for what it is.
The dog deserves the oscar!
Loved the costumes and the music as well.
It is such a shame that so many modern actors cant even use their words to act well. The old saying is so true- "a picture paints a thousand words" and also
"actions really do speak louder than words"
But I can also see why it was not a huge hit at the box office - what a shame!
What a refreshing twist to seeing a movie. Story quite simple but realistic but made all that more appealing by its presentation. An entertaining watch.
What an ambitious movie! Who would've thought someone would have the courage to do an almosy completely silent film these days? Jean Dujardin is terrific in the lead role and a deserving Oscar winner. He really epitomised that old film star look and manner. Berenice Bejo as Peppy Miller was equally terrific with her screen presence and charm. Some will be bored, but if you love movies, don't miss it.
Amazing how this movie really gets you in! Who wants to watch 103 minutes of black and white silent film? After 15 minutes though, I was laughing and smiling along with all who had seen it before me!
Having not actually read any reviews, but knowing of it's nominations and awards, I thought when it started that I might be one of the few who wouldn't be able to stick it out. So wrong! It was magic - beautifully acted, directed and filmed.
It almost comes as a surprise that this is a love story. It doesn't appear to be for much of the time, more like a study of a man in despair. The silent movie treatment is novel, and the parts so well acted that the occasional dialogue cards in the tradition of silent movies are superfluous. The best thing about the movie is that it is so different to the norm and pays homage to movie history.
Silent movie star George Valentin bemoans the coming era of talking pictures and fades into oblivion and self-destruction, but finds sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer lighting up talkies like no one else. This was just a joy to watch. Both leads were compelling. A magnificent soundtrack written by Ludovic Bource only adds to a real gem
I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this 'silent' modern movie but I actually quite enjoyed it. That said, my husband tried to watch it and gave up early on. It will appeal to a small minority, but for anyone who enjoys a quality movie that harks back to moviemaking days of yesteryear, it is quite delightful to watch. John Dujardin is a very handsome and charming leading man and I was enchanted by the delightful Berenice Bejo, who plays young actress and love interest, Peppy Miller. The little dog is very cute!
A treasure. The dog is the star.
Brilliant movie - ignore the Quickflix review!