I had the good fortune to see this movie on Friday night, just in time for the Oscars. From the minute the movie started, I was in love. I was oohing and ahhing at all of the sets, the clothes, the hats (cloches!), the shoes, the cars – everything! Just stunning. To all of those people who are not sure if they would be able to stay interested in a silent film, let me assure you – that will not be a problem here!
Right from the get go this movie sucks you in. It begins with a movie starring the dashing George Valentin, a silent movie star at the height of the era. Peppy Miller is among the audience, drooling over him. Outside the theater, she accidentally bumps into him when she drops her autograph book for her to sign. They look at each other, and then begin to laugh after an awkward silence.
Peppy wants to get in on the movies, and she starts out being picked as an extra dancing in a film. From there, she has a meteoric rise to the top, and has become the new hot star of the hot new way to view movies – with sound. George, on the other hand, is left in the dust by talkies, paralyzed by his fear of losing his career and also thinking that talkies are just a fad.
He begins a downward and lonely spiral, and Peppy sees that he needs help. She tries to help him after he is injured (I’m not giving away the whole movie, dahlings! ;-), and after a discovery he makes inside her house makes him run away, and contemplate suicide. When Peppy runs into his apartment and sees him on the brink, she talks him out of it and explains everything. She plans for them to collaborate together in a new movie, which they are able to sell to the studio head, and in the last scene there is the last little bit of actual sound you will hear, including George’s one line of two words.
And by the way – the dog in this film is so adorable, you will fall in love!
After having seen this movie, I was rooting even more for Jean Dujardin to win for Best Actour and for “The Artist” to win Best Picture at the Oscars. I usually have a favourite, especially for Best Picture, but this time I think I would have gone beserk if they didn’t win. I think it really takes a lot of talent to be able to act like that, get your point across and keep the audience captivated like they did in this movie, without the ability of speaking and having sound. It is two hours of fun, and I just loved everything about it. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, shut down your computer, grab your keys, and go – NOW! 🙂