Blog By K.

Hype of the week: The Artist

In Film on 2011/08/30 at 9:12 pm

Film: The Artist
Director: Michel Hazanavicius

CANNES 2011 – Expect the unexpected! Weinstein’s leading the way!

Whenever Harvey Weinstein puts his money on a project it’s bound to get attention. After all this is the guy working for Miramax. So when the famed producer announced that he was excessively promoting the black-and-white silent film The Artist one word came to my head and it was “potential”. Let us even say HUGE potential. It’s a silent movie folks and you’ve got the most powerful guy backing it up. So what’s there to the film? Not much really, if you take a look at the trailer. The story seems relatively simple. The actors are unknown (apart from a few of the co-stars lurking behind). But after just a sneak-peek of the film you wanted to see more, didn’t you? So what makes it work? Charm. And lots of it. There’s music and dance of the jazz era (appropriately timed with our Mad Men trend even though the time periods are completely different but you get my point) and what music and dance it is! Suddenly we’re wishing we were a part of the whole period, overlooking minor trifles such as, oh, the great depression. And the atmosphere! Imagine watching the film in a theatre! Maybe I’m completely biased here, and have nothing constructive to say really, but MY GOD how could one not fall in love with this film already? Without any doubt this is a movie where people will be reminded why we love going to the movies in the first place when so many others have forgotten these days. To enjoy something completely and fully, to forget everything else for an hour or two. The Artist’s on the top of my to-watch list at the moment and hopefully I’ll come out of the theatre dorkishly satisfied and tapping my feet all the way out.

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