Pre Oscar Movie Review – The Artist

I saw The Artist the other night. I liked it. It’s a French, black-and-white, silent movie. It has charm, some clever cinematographic tricks and a cute dog. I’m sure it will get a one or more Oscars tomorrow, but I feel there’s been a bit too much hype about it. The film’s running time is 100 minutes, which is short for a conventional film, but it was a bit too long for me especially in the second half. Maybe its something to do with being a silent movie, but I think 15 or 20 minutes could have been cut.

Two words are spoken right at the end. It’s a good job they are in English not French, otherwise the film would have entered under best Foreign Language Film category. It still would have a chance of winning, but the kudos in that category is much lower.

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