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WordPress Daily Prompt: Matters of Taste 

When was the last time a movie, a book, or a television show left you cold despite all your friends (and/or all the critics) raving about it? What was it that made you go against the critical consensus?

I’m no film critic by any means but the critically acclaimed, award-winning film The Artist was a film that left me not too impressed after all I’d heard about it and the numerous awards it had won. I was expecting to be wowed. It is a well-made film with great acting and stood out as a silent black and white film – a salute to a bygone era. But the greatness stopped right there for me. My favorite scene was of the dog rescuing the main character from the fire.

The Artist

The plot was too simple, predictable and straight forward, the same main theme (change in cinema from the silent era to the talkies) against more complex plot lines would’ve been more interesting. It felt like the main intent of the film was to pay tribute to the silent film era and the focus wasn’t on the plot. Maybe they figured a more complex plot would detract from the main theme.

My thoughts in one sentence upon watching The Artist was “hmmm, good black and white film, good acting, meh.” Left me with no wow!!, no mulling over the film, no emotional connection, nada, nothing. But then it doesn’t matter for it’s just a matter of taste. They won many awards!

What did you think of this film?

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