Rated PG-13 for a crude gesture and a disturbing image
Running time: 100 minutes
Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:Michel Hazanavicius
Written By:Michel Hazanavicius
The Weinstein Company
In Theaters: Nov 25, 2011 Limited
Film Review by Kam Williams
Excellent (4 stars)
It is 1927, and George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is at the height of a
flourishing career as a matinee idol. But that is also the year marking the
introduction of talkies, an innovation which would soon signal the demise of
the Silent Era.
Unfortunately, George is too pampered and insulated to appreciate the fact that sound is about to overhaul the movie industry, so he is caught by surprise when his services as a leading man are no longer in demand. Then, between the sudden loss of income and the Stock Market Crash of 1929, he ends up losing not only all his money but his shallow wife (Penelope Ann Miller) to boot.
So unfolds The Artist, a silent, black & white throwback which unabashedly
harks back to a bygone era. This cinematic masterpiece very eloquently
endeavors to entertain while simultaneously chronicling a critical moment in
the evolution of the art form. As such, it will undoubtedly prove to be a
formidable force during awards season.
A silent love song that anyone who adores film can nonetheless hear, loud and clear!