"The Artist" is a success on several levels. It works beautifully as a love story, as a drama and as a comedy. It is also a reverential homage to filmmaking. The movie employs a variety of cinematic techniques, some of which haven't been seen for decades.
"The Artist" is not merely the best movie of the year, it's the best movie of several years. And, interestingly, it was almost never made. The filmmaker went to numerous producers for financing and was quickly turned down by all of them. Nobody could envision a silent, black-and-white movie working in this day and age. Well, they were wrong -- the film works exceptionally well on all levels.
"The Artist" has been nominated for several Oscars, including Best Picture, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it win. In fact, I hope it does because that would result in a re-release of the movie with heightened promotion. More people would see it and more people would enjoy it. It truly is an extraordinary movie.
Plus, it has a dog in it!
Next year, for Halloween, I'm dressing up as Peppy Miller!