|From a Santa Monica parking garage|
Saturday, January 28, 2012
We saw The Artist tonight in Santa Monica. I'd been hearing it was good and intentionally avoided any details. I knew it was a silent movie and black and white.
Last year Black Swan was a big disappointment. This year it's The Artist. There were a number of neat things about the movie, but the movie as a whole left me unengaged. I'm sure there was a lot of homage that went over my head, but the movie itself has to work. The lead actor did nothing for me. The lead actress I liked. The dog did tricks. There were neat old cars. But for me it didn't all come together as a good movie. I think the novelty of a silent, black and white movie in 2011 and good marketing have given this film more buzz than it warrants.