Entertainment

Movie review: The Artist

Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo in a scene from the movie The Artist. The Artist won an Oscar for Best Picture, Best Actor (Jean Dujardin), Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Best Costume Design and Best Music (Original Score).
Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo in a scene from the movie The Artist. The Artist won an Oscar for Best Picture, Best Actor (Jean Dujardin), Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Best Costume Design and Best Music (Original Score). Contributed- Roadshow

CINEMAS have been forced to issue a disclaimer for punters buying tickets to The Artist.

"Do you know it is a silent film," they ask movie goers before they hand over the tickets.

This is a result of a number of audience members storming out in outrage and demanding their money back upon discovering it is in fact completely silent, with the exception of a few surprises.

But don't let its lack of noise put you off.

The Artist is a sweet, sincere and a pure joy to watch.

Like a sub-titled the film the silence becomes barely noticeable after a few scenes.

A valentine to silent movies, French writer/director Michel Hazanavicius has created a beautiful film that both inspires and invokes childlike delight.

It's lively and loveable, full of personality and oozing with charm.

Not only does The Artist demonstrate a genuine and profound love of cinema history it poignantly deals with its themes of love and remorse, success and failure while injecting pure joy.

The film charts the rise of fresh-face new film star Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) and the demise of aging leading man George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) who finds his popularity fading with the arrival of talkies.

Bejo gives a buoyed and peppy performance and is a sheer delight to watch and Dujardin is fantastic as the down-trodden falling star.

Their chemistry is palpable and their roles of light and dark perfectly compliment each other's perfectly.

Without speach it is all about the nuances and both perform with aplomb.

But the true star of the film is Uggie Valentin's adorable and devoted jack-russel.

His on-screen antics and comedic timing earned him A Golden Collar Award, the canine equivalent of an Oscar.

Despite being a novelty film and simplistic with it's themes it taps into the core of the human spirit and replicates the delight our ancestors must have felt upon seeing a film on the big screen without the CGI or special effects we have become so accustomed to.

 

The Artist
Stars: Malcolm McDowell, John Goodman, Berenice Bejo
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Rated: PG
Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars

Topics:  movie review, movies, the artist


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Things get UGLY as Kylie raises top total of $10k

PRETTY GOOD BEING UGLY: Kylie Ansford has been named the regional winner of the 2016 UGLY Bartender of the Year.

Kylie Ansford named 2016 UGLY Bartender of Year regional winner

Generations of Olives

OLIVE REUNION: Stewart, Les, Allan, Doug, Col, Kenny and Denis Oliver.

Olive descendants reuinte at Dingo.

Country kitchens successful

Renaye Gadsby (QCWA Country Kitchens Dietitian), Raymonda Hall (facilitator for Blackwater) and Fiona McKenzie (QCWA Country Kitchens program co-ordinator).

Blackwater's Country Kitchens program a success.

Local Partners

Police honour their fallen

Police and community pay their respects at National Police Remembrance Day.

Students stay awake for 24-hour ride of their lives

THINKING PINK: The Pink Limousine team from Emerald Christian College came in 110th in the Human Powered Vehicle Championships.

Emerald Christian College entered the RACQ Technology Challenge.

Things get UGLY as Kylie raises top total of $10k

PRETTY GOOD BEING UGLY: Kylie Ansford has been named the regional winner of the 2016 UGLY Bartender of the Year.

Kylie Ansford named 2016 UGLY Bartender of Year regional winner

Generations of Olives

OLIVE REUNION: Stewart, Les, Allan, Doug, Col, Kenny and Denis Oliver.

Olive descendants reuinte at Dingo.

Country kitchens successful

Renaye Gadsby (QCWA Country Kitchens Dietitian), Raymonda Hall (facilitator for Blackwater) and Fiona McKenzie (QCWA Country Kitchens program co-ordinator).

Blackwater's Country Kitchens program a success.

Oh, the artworks you'll see at Moranbah kids' exhibition

CREATIVE YOUNGSTERS: Students Jessie Ferris and Hannah Peterson with their mini masterpieces to be displayed at the Moranbah Coalface Art Gallery.

Moranbah school students are looking forward to showing their art.

Marist students to share musical talents at SHEP

MUSICAL TALENTS: Adam Phillips, Reef Johnson and Elijah Horsfall from Marist College Emerald.

Marist students represent school at State Honours Ensemble Program.

Space event rocks Comet

News

SPACE event sparked concerns of a plane crash.

Classic car auction draws buyers from US, Dubai

"He wants everyone to enjoy the cars, the collection got too big'

Trump's comments make light of statutory rape

Trevor Noah has gone to town on Donald Trump's sexism

Forza Horizon 3 review: Australia's never looked so good

Fancy racing a freight train?

Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Twelve Apostles feature

Tommy goes home in emotional Bachelorette episode

The Bachelorette contestant Tommy Saggus.

BRISBANE bachelor hopes show will give him more confidence.

Carlos Santana added to Bluesfest 2017 line up

Carlos Santana at Bluesfest 2013.

Calling all local black magic women

The Dixie Chicks to headline 2017 CMC Rocks festival

US country music group The Dixie Chicks.

ORGANISERS move festival dates to lock in US country music stars.

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.