Thursday, January 5th, 2012

The most surprising thing about the movie The Artist is that it’s not just a movie about a silent film actor who’s too vain to make the leap to talkies, it’s a silent film itself – entirely silent, just like they were in the old days, with music playing throughout and the occasional title card to let you in on the dialog, when there is any. No voice is heard until the last minute of the film and the lead actor, Jean Dujardin, speaks just two words.

The second most surprising thing is that I enjoyed it a lot. When it comes to silent films, I’m really more of a Buster Keaton or Harold Lloyd kind of guy, maybe because I have such a short attention span. My mind tends to wander when I watch most feature-length silent films, although there are some exceptions: Metropolis, The General, or 2001: A Space Odyssey are the first examples that come to mind. And I have to admit that my mind did keep wandering to the question, Are they ever going to say anything? while I was watching The Artist, but I still enjoyed just about every minute of it.

I’m trying to think of a scene that I didn’t enjoy. Hmmm. Nope, I guess I enjoyed all of it, sorry.

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