How disappointing. I hate when that happens. I was really looking forward to seeing The Artist. I had heard nothing but positive, glowing reviews and the thought of experiencing a NEWsilent film was exciting. And with such a title I was expecting some cool, new approach to the era that is the foundation of the medium I love so much. Instead, I was given a story that has been told before–in more successful ways–and discovered that the title was misleading.
What follows is a breakdown of my thought process as I watched:
The lights go down and I am ready. I like the dog right away. Jean Dujardin is charming and seems to fit the time period. The intro is promising–could this be a behind the scene approach? That would be cool. Nope. Rather quickly it begins to follow a very familiar path. It has some cute moments and little laughs. Okay, I think I have seen this…
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