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The Artist | The Clapper Bored

The Artist

Words by Sam Moore.

“The Artist” has been a critic’s darling since it screened at Cannes, and it seems virtually everyone that’s seen it has absolutely fallen in love with. Which is interesting because the film is in black and white. And silent. So I understandably had reasonably high expectations when going to see it, but at the same time, I didn’t quite know what to expect.

The film is crafted incredibly, with shots of golden age Hollywood everywhere, captured perfectly in black and white, bringing the period of the movie to life, and it’s this that makes you realize that a film like this simply wouldn’t work in colour, or with dialogue.

I was fortunate enough to see this film in a totally packed cinema, so it was great to see all of the excellent comedic moments from it get a reaction from a full room. To me, this is one of the funniest films I’ve seen this season, because the humour seems so genuine and human, and that is truly wonderful part of this film, it is very genuine. It knows its roots and where it’s going, and does excellently.

One of the things that makes the film so brilliant is its energy. Everyone in the cast brings their all to this performance, infusing it with real life, and bringing the audience along for the ride. The whole cast is excellent, from Jean Dujardin and Bernice Bejo to Uggie the dog, and all of their subtle characterisations, that this film relies on because of its lack of dialogue, is what makes you really invest yourself in the movie, and genuinely care about these characters.

Most people have probably seen this by now, but if you haven’t, I can’t recommend it highly enough. It isn’t an experience you’ll regret.

One of the best films of the year; superbly acted and crafted to perfection. An absolute joy to watch.

Title: The Artist
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, a dog.
Running Time: Fairly concise
Certificate: PG

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