After watching The Descendants, I was really hoping this movie would be fantastic so it would wipe The Descendants out of the competition. And as expected……….it was wonderful.
I have never been one who likes black and white films, or silent films for that matter. But this was definitely fun to watch, and it helped that it had a bit of a modern twist to it (you will have to watch it to understand what I mean). The acting was great (even from the cute little dog who stole the show in most scenes), the costumes were gorgeous (I am a sucker for sequins…….and this was my heaven), and the music was pretty much the star of the show. It was a cute story, both funny and romantic.
While this was not my favorite movie of the year, it was definitely in the top and certainly deserves recognition and even a Best Picture win. It was refreshing and unique, and the Academy eats that sort of stuff up. So naturally, this will be winning Best Picture. It stands out this year. This movie, and others like Hugo and Midnight in Paris are the sort of movies that deserve attention. They are gorgeous cinematic spectacles, with unique and smart scripts, and extremely talented actors. Personally, I think War Horse falls into this category as well, but some would disagree and the Academy certainly has an issue with epics.
The Artist is not a film for everyone, but I can tell you that the audience I watched it with, sure had one heck of a good time. Laughs all around, and applause at the end. Very rare do I have the chance to watch a film that receives applause when the credits starts to roll. This movie was one of them. And the first time I saw Hugo, the audience actually cheered afterwards, and one person even stood up clapping. War Horse received applause as well, even if somewhat subdued due to people scrambling to find their tissues.
MY FINAL SAY: GO SEE IT
And if you haven’t seen War Horse or Hugo, go see them. And rent Midnight in Paris. 🙂