Excerpt: When given a glimpse of the latest technology, George brushes aside the proposition of so-called talking pictures as some curious fad. Rather than transform with the times, he commits his own fortune to writing, directing, and starring in what he hopes will be his greatest film.
Excerpt: The title “Best Picture winner” doesn’t quite mean what it used to. When you look at some of the moves that have come home with the big prize, some are obviously better than others. A true classic will withstand the test of time while others might be forgotten about.
Conclusion: 'The Artist' is a truly moving and beautiful film that celebrates and recreates the magic of silent cinema. Unfortunately, the movie rarely rises above mere reconstruction, and while the performances, cinematography, and dramatic beats are all very enjoyable, they offer little we haven't already...
Excerpt: The Film While it could have been just a gimmicky attempt to parody old Hollywood, The Artist is so much more. It not only recreates the style of the golden age of silent movies but manages to capture the transition to the talkies quite effectively.
Conclusion: The Artist represents moviemaking as it once was without most of today's tools, and while it looks and sounds and feels different, it's proof positive that a movie is still a movie by and through any fad or trend or technology.
Excerpt: The story of the transition from silent to sound cinema has been told before--most memorably in Singin' in the Rain , but also in plays like Once in a Lifetime and between the lines of Sunset Blvd.
Excerpt: The highest praise I can make for The Artist is that it�s only when you reflect afterwards on the film that you realise just how brave and bold an experiment it has been. While you are watching it, you soon forget about how it is made and just appreciate it for what it is � a good movie that tells...