When I was waiting for The Artist to start in theaters (I was the only one in the movie theater who has had their ID checked since after the Vietnam War) I heard a fellow movie enthusiast (who was in their late 60s at least) ask another fellow movie enthusiast (in their 70s at least) if they “were ready to go back in time”.
This will probably be one of the more controversial movies of the year next to “Shame”. I say that because people won’t want to see it because they have to read the movie. I pity those people, The Artist is one of the best movies of the year and should get a wider audience once it gets nominated for a handful of awards.
There’s too much of a stigma behind a silent movie for everybody to want to go see The Artist. The idea of seeing this film turns a normally above-average intelligent moviegoer into a moviegoer with the mental capacity and patience of a middle-schooler. They can’t fathom the idea of seeing a silent movie, it sounds too boring for the normal typical person. I admit when I first heard about this movie I was skeptically of how they would pull it off, but as soon as I made plans to go see it I couldn’t help but be a little excited to see what all the hoopla was about.
Time will tell if this movie will stand up there with “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Sunset Blvd” as the top movies about the silent-era of film, its doubtful The Artist will, but it’s so well done that it isn’t unimaginable to see it regarded with those films someday in the minds of film-addicts. Hopefully this film will also give some of the great silent-era stars, like the Charlie Chaplins and Buster Keatons of the world, a second look from current day moviegoers. If you don’t laugh during a Charlie Chaplin movie then something is wrong with you.
The great thing about this movie is that it makes fun of its self for being a silent film. It leaves you in suspense at times and will completely surprise you and then turn around and make you laugh. The Artist wouldn’t have worked without the right leading man, well written story, and a killer musical score. You won’t get bored and you will be pleasantly surprised after viewing this film. Just make sure you give it a chance and watch it with your phone off, so you’re not reading what your friend Amanda is saying in a text instead of paying attention to what George Valentin and his dog are up to.
By the way fun fact: The only silent film to win best picture was “Wings” in 1927.