Monday, March 5, 2012
A window into a time of transition.
A love story, with a young lady achieving fame in talkies, a famous man, a silent star, falling out of favor, her love for him, his pride that further drives him into despair, a fire, a dog and a "Bang!" ... and her love persisting, until they find a place where both of them can dance!
From the get-go, mesmerized!
Wonderful acting by Berenice Bejo with a smile that never quits, charm and energy, and, of course, a beauty mark - what a delightful role ... and her male counterpart, Jean Dujardin, a face, a hero, a dashing blade, with pencil-thin mustache and all.
And a fine supporting cast all around: John Goodman as a powerful director with a heart, James Cromwell as the always-loyal butler, and a host of other lesser and greater lights that fill the frames of this terrific tale.
My heart still belongs to the "The Descendants" and George Clooney.
But this is a piece of superb film-making, with a delightful ending ... and, of course, Uggie, all dog, and all hero.
Don't miss it.