‘The Artist’: A Beautifully Made Best Picture

As you may know, I am currently on a mission to watch every Best Picture winner (well, at least, almost every Best Picture winner.) There are several Best Picture winners that I have been putting off for a couple of weeks now but while browsing through Netflix I ran into The Artist, the movie that would take home the Oscar for Best Picture in 2012 over movies like War Horse and Hugo.

I was intrigued about a film I knew nothing about and after watching the film, I can say I’m glad I saw it. The Artist is a true work of art, hailing back to the age of silent films and using that practice to create an entire movie in near-silence, except for the powerful musical score that helps add emotion to each scene.

Being the first silent movie I had ever seen, it was really interesting seeing how well I could follow the story and the buildup of the drama. French actor Jean Dujardin would win Best Actor for portraying the lead character, George Valentin, and rightfully so. From the moment he appeared on the screen he exuded character and an unforgettable persona that is often hard to find. He sucked me along with his charming smile for an hour and forty minutes as we watch George Valentin’s story slowly spiral downward into a pit of nothingness.

By the end, it was very clear that I had watched a work of art and that, if I felt like it, I could try to root out the deeper meaning behind the story. I didn’t feel like it, of course, but I did understand that writer/director Michael Hazanavicius was really going for something different in this modern age of Hollywood and I appreciate that.

Is The Artist the best movie I’ve ever seen? No. But it was much better than I expected. I’m giving this movie a solid 95 out of 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars. If by chance you’re looking for something to watch on a boring evening I’d recommend this.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day.

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