Friday, January 20, 2012
The Artist: Simpler Times? Brilliant!
Brilliant, visually stunning, amazing, heart-warming, unconventional... It's so nice to see that a movies like this can still be made and make it to general release, even if it took so long and this is coming from a Bona Fide spectacle geek. The Artist is incredibly risky and it's impossible to divulge any of those many risks without ruining the experience. Wrapped around the stock market crash of 1929 it is filmed in black and white and presented in the original 35 mm aspect ratio. But there is so, so much more.
Winner of Golden Globes Best Picture (Comedy or Musical) it seems clear that HFPA gave it the comedy or musical designation to avoid it having to go head to head against favorite and winner The Descendants or Hugo and the rest of the company. No need.
Now that I have seen The Artist, it is my clear favorite for for Best Picture at the Oscars. It certainly should win, cinematography, musical score and others for set decoration and artistic direction or whatever those all are.
I know it is trite, but this really is a "feel good" movie. In an era of remaking or remastering movies into 3-D the viewer is swept into a time that we think of as simpler and are reminded that it wasn't ... but we got through it ... in no small part to movies like this.