I was skeptical about The Artist because it’s a silent film and I’m not going to be pretentious and pretend I love silent film. Secondly, all the critics and Hollywood were gushing about how great it is which immediately made me suspicious.

This is one of those times when the reality equals the hype. The Artist is so full of life and sparkle that it won me over from the very start. It will do the same to you. It’s obvious director Michel Hazanavicius has a fully realized picture of the story, time and place he has imagined and the mastery to bring the world he envisions to life.

Jean Dujardin is George Valentin a big silent film star with an ego to match and charisma to spare. Enter Bérénice Bejo as the perky Peppy Miller, an aspiring young actress who ingratiates herself with the press and the star during a Valentin photo op at a film premiere.

The two meet again when Peppy lands a small role as a dancer on Valentin’s next film. When studio head Al Zimmer (John Goodman) recognizes her as the scene-stealer from the premiere he fires her but Valentin insists she stay in the picture. Soon Peppy’s career is on the rise and she and Valentin are clearly captivated by each other. Continue reading »

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