Movie review: The Artist
CINEMAS have been forced to issue a disclaimer for punters buying tickets to The Artist.
"Do you know it is a silent film," they ask movie goers before they hand over the tickets.
This is a result of a number of audience members storming out in outrage and demanding their money back upon discovering it is in fact completely silent, with the exception of a few surprises.
But don't let its lack of noise put you off.
The Artist is a sweet, sincere and a pure joy to watch.
Like a sub-titled the film the silence becomes barely noticeable after a few scenes.
A valentine to silent movies, French writer/director Michel Hazanavicius has created a beautiful film that both inspires and invokes childlike delight.
It's lively and loveable, full of personality and oozing with charm.
Not only does The Artist demonstrate a genuine and profound love of cinema history it poignantly deals with its themes of love and remorse, success and failure while injecting pure joy.
The film charts the rise of fresh-face new film star Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) and the demise of aging leading man George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) who finds his popularity fading with the arrival of talkies.
Bejo gives a buoyed and peppy performance and is a sheer delight to watch and Dujardin is fantastic as the down-trodden falling star.
Their chemistry is palpable and their roles of light and dark perfectly compliment each other's perfectly.
Without speach it is all about the nuances and both perform with aplomb.
But the true star of the film is Uggie Valentin's adorable and devoted jack-russel.
His on-screen antics and comedic timing earned him A Golden Collar Award, the canine equivalent of an Oscar.
Despite being a novelty film and simplistic with it's themes it taps into the core of the human spirit and replicates the delight our ancestors must have felt upon seeing a film on the big screen without the CGI or special effects we have become so accustomed to.
Stars: Malcolm McDowell, John Goodman, Berenice Bejo
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars