The Artist. When I watched the Golden Globes last week, I was interested to see that the movie garnered Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Original Score, three out of the six nominations it received for the event. So I decided it was important to go see it, and I'm glad I did. I fully expect it to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, although it's a silent film. It has a pretty good musical score to accompany it.
The story is set in 1927-31, at the end of George Valentin's career as a silent film star and the rise of Peppy Miller as one of the first film stars of the "talkies." I was pretty caught up in the entire film, which also benefits from one of the cutest and smartest Jack Russell terriers I've seen since Benny (The Smitten Image's dog). When I watched the Golden Globes, I noticed that the dog went up to the stage with the other actors, and rightly so. He was simply awesome in the movie.
The movie isn't everybody's cup of tea, being that it's in black and white and there's no spoken dialogue. At all. Towards the end of the film, there's a bit of tap dancing (which I loved) and at the very end you hear a teeny bit of dialogue. The rest of the time (other than one tiny little piece) it's either quiet or there's music. But it's obvious what is going on, and I can see why Jean Dujardin got Best Actor. He's good and certainly easy to look at. So is Berenice Bejo, his love interest. I enjoyed it very much and would be interested in hearing what other people thought of the movie. It earned a 97% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The music was a big part of the movie, since it helped to tell the story, and I can see why the score won.
Judy and I went to dinner after the movie and discussed our feelings about it. She didn't like it as much as I did, but our tastes in movies diverge somewhat. I'm looking forward to hearing what movies will make it to the Oscars (nominations out next week), but I think I've seen the majority of the ones I hope will be nominated. It's the first time I've been exposed to a full-length silent movie, and I have to say it was definitely worth the price of admission. Plus I'm in a good mood after dinner and the movie, which is worth quite a bit.