My Review: The Artist

Photo: Chris White

Silent films have been considered a past art form by many. That is, until the French film, The Artist, came around. This film is definitely a breath of fresh air from the “normal” movies of today. It was also a nice change to see the film in Durham’s Carolina Theatre, which I haven’t been in since probably elementary school!

What To Know

Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, and John Goodman 

Writer/Director: Michel Hazanavicius

Rating: PG-13 for some disturbing images and profanity. Parents Guide

Plot: The film is set in 1927 Hollywood; where we find George Valentin, a famous actor who worries that the arrival of “talkies” (or talking movies) will be the end of his career. He then meets a young dancer, Peppy Miller, who is destined for greatness in the film industry.

My Review: I had never seen a full silent film before The Artist (just parts of them). Seeing this has given me a greater idea and respect for silent films. Some of you may think that you’d be bored but you won’t be! It literally kept me on the edge of my seat. And, yes, even though it’s a “French film” the entire dialogue is in English. It’s already won many awards, including three Golden Globes, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it takes home a few Oscars as well!

Family Friendly? Maybe. Near the beginning, a woman gives a man the finger (really brief). You can also read the lips of some characters using profane language. There are multiple scenes of cigarette and liquor use as well as a few intense scenes which may scare younger children.

Should You See It? YES! It’s definitely worth checking out. I won’t give too much away but it will have you applauding at the end!

I Give It An: A

Check Out The Trailer Here

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