Movie Review #314: The Artist [12 Reviews Before X-Mas #12]

The first Oscar-worthy picture since Slumdog Millionaire

            I have to admit, I was very skeptical about The Artist as I began watching it. But some 10 to 15 minutes later all my doubts had already vanished and replacing it was awe and praise. The movie will make you lower your expectations at the start, and then capitalizes on it by bringing you a lively silent film that’s way different from the boring, overly serious snoozefest unwary people imagined it to be. Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo were amazing in their lead roles as George Valentin and Peppy Miller. The music was fantastic and it helped a lot considering the lack of dialogue in the film. Simply defined, the movie is cute. Did it define the year? Probably not. But considering the lack of near-perfect films in 2011, I think this one deserved the Oscar win – the first in five years.

GRADE: B+

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