“The Artist” is a great work of “art”

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Rey Carpio, Staff Writer

“The Artist” has been getting amazing reviews since being released and also won many Academy Awards this year. I was interested in seeing The Artist since it took home Best Picture at the Golden Globes and was most likely to win at the Academy Awards. Also, I simply wanted to see if they could make a silent, black and white film entertaining in today’s world. The Artist surpassed my expectations and was extremely entertaining.

The script of The Artist is very smartly written. Simply put, the plot is about a big time actor, George Valentin, in the era of silent films. Once the idea of people speaking in films comes about, he deems it as a stupid idea, thinking movies with sound are garbage compared to silent films. George tries to hold on to the idea of silent films and refuses to move his career into films with sound, but inevitably puts his career in an endless downfall. The Artist, being a silent film, is a metaphor for the story which I believe is a brilliant idea. The fact that this was made now, in a world where silent films are nonexistent, is a metaphor for George’s refusal to move on and accept change.

The actor portraying George, Jean Dujardin, does an incredible job and is more than deserving of the Oscar he took home. Dujardin had to convey the emotions and story of George Valentin and make the character relatable like any good actor does and Dujardin did an goes through which is simply the work of an incredible actor.

An incredible actor cannot shine without an incredible director and The Artist encompasses that as well. Director Michael Hazanavicius also took home an Academy Award for Directing and he truly deserved it. In a movie where nobody speaks, it is up to the Director to use the actors in an entertaining way to tell the story. Fortunately, the Directing tells the story perfectly with great camerawork and making all the performances shine.

While the performances and directing stick in your head, there is one thing that you may overlook, which is arguably the most important aspect; the music. For a composer, this movie is practically a dream come true, a chance to show audiences what you can do. The music is essentially what carries all silent films. Unfitting music can make the intended mood of the writer and director wrongly conveyed. Luckily, the Composer did a great job creating practically an hour and a half of music to smoothly move the film along, and he completely deserved winning the Academy Award.

It’s likely that The Artist will be in theaters for at least the next month with it’s DVD release date being May 1st, so try to catch it in theaters. For us teens, it depends on your interest in films. This is likely not a good movie for a Friday night with a group of friends, but I’d recommend seeing it with an older sibling or parent. This film was well directed, well acted, and well written with a great idea in the sense that the movie itself was a metaphor. It also possibly enlivened the dead genre of Silent Films. Anyone should be able to appreciate all these contributions to Film. This film deserves 5 out of 5 stars. It was more than deserving of Best Picture with everyone bringing their best work to the set.