I second that
I didn't get this film at all. I'm mystified as to why it did so well; a combination of hype and novelty? The plot is nothing to write home about, motifs are lifted directly out of some of old silent movies. All in all if you want the authentic silent movie experience, why not watch an original? It feels a bit like exhibiting a plastic reproduction dinosaur skeleton. Why? We have old bones knocking around!
It's so refreshing to see a modern silent film - even more so a modern silent film about the death of the silent film era. The music works magic, the faces are beautiful and full of emotion, and the ending feels just right. A pleasure to watch.
Watched this again after checking out Hazanavicius' OSS films. As always, Dujardin injects a great deal of charm into his films, and this is no exception. The Artist is fun if perhaps too reliant on other films about the same transitionary period. Maybe not Best Picture material, but I daresay it makes for more pleasant viewing than many a past winner.
Jean Dujardin is spectacular, and so are truly the rest of the cast, photo and directing. Although The Artist is a great homage, much of it felt so immensely internal for the film-industry that I was often left with this extremely rare feeling of being embarassed as I watched, as if it was truly not made for me.
It's an adorable movie and a beautiful homage to a moment of change in Hollywood and the whole history of the filmmaking industry. I'm not sure if it's worthy of a best picture Oscar but is definitely something different from what we are used to see nowadays... And very enjoyable to watch.
Brand Upon the Brain! is more my idea of, not just a tribute, but a powerful use of silent film in the context of 80 years of sound cinema. The Artist, as well crafted as it was, didn't push any envelopes for me.
In the era of 3D comes a film that does not even have colour, the relative unknown cast is silent and the plot is nothing short of uninspiring. However, it is full of emotions (hence colour), very expressive actors (hence not silent) and a direction that is so spot that the result is is genuinely surprising (hence not uninspiring).