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The Artist (PG)

The Artist (PG)
 
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Cast: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman
 
The Artist, a black and white, silent film, may well be a challenge for the average cinemagoer, used to Marvel action heroes and endless sequels.
 
George Valentin (Dujardin) is a silent film actor who finds himself side-lined by the invention of sound, while his burgeoning romance with Peppy Miller (Bejo) is put under strain as her star ascends just as his is fading. As a man struggling to regain control of his life, while battling his demons of pride and isolation, Dujardin gives a powerhouse performance, both imposing and affecting in equal measure.
 
It is difficult to become fully immersed in director Hazanavicius’ project, the lack of dialogue occasionally feeling like a constraint that can be frustrating. Regardless, The Artist is a timeless story, filmed with charm and wit, moments of genuine brilliance, and followed through with admirable conviction by all involved.
 
Rated: 4/5




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