3 1/2 Stars
This is an excellent movie on many levels. The story is engrossing, the period sets exemplify the silent movie era, and the camera work is able to mimic the style of old Hollywood while yet remaining fresh. What struck me while watching this film were two things: body language and music. Without words, actors must convey emotion and dialogue through facial expressions and body movement. This is an art relegated to secondary status with the advent of talking pictures. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but in motion pictures a gesture or a frown is worth much more.
Secondly, the music is fantastic. No doubt during the silent era a composer’s job was as important as the actors on screen. The music created the mood of the scene for the audience identify what the actor’s were feeling or mouthing on screen.
I enjoyed this film partly because of its novelty. The last silent films made to my recollection were Mel Brooks’ Silent Movie (1976) and my parents’ film of my 4th year birthday party. Also, this film has a strong story about people, life, and the inevitability of change.
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman
Author Mike Chisholm is a featured writer for Moviemavericks and the founder/head writer for U.S.HistoryReport.com.