“Michel Hazanavicius's black-and-white throwback glitters and gleams with utterly of-the-moment wit and romantic zest.”~Washington Post
Aroview: The director and star of the OSS 117 movies combine for this glorious homage to the Golden Age of cinema, set in 1920s Hollywood on the eve of the 'talking pictures' revolution.
Gamely living up to its ambitious conceit of playing as a silent, black-and-white film, it was the delightful surprise winner of Academy Award for Best Picture. Though perhaps diminished on the smaller screen, it is bouyed by the magic of pure visual storytelling and for cinema buffs is an entirely worthy latter-day companion piece to that other masterful homage to the same period in Hollywood history, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN.
4 stars (Very Good) Top quality silent movie with (some) sound. Pathos, melodrama, humour, redemption--- it's all there. Excellent recreation of period atmosphere. Top quality visual acting and lots of sly references for the cinemaphiles. Watch it twice ~Anon