Every now and then a movie comes along that is deserving of the hoopla it receives. The Artist is definitely one of those movies. In fact, it’s one of the better movies I’ve seen recently.

The plot is simple, and, yes, it really is a silent, black-and-white movie. It’s also brilliant. It shows that a good, human story can be told by the characters reacting to what happens to them, the context of their situations, and the acting ability of the stars. And it’s not completely silent. Sound is used to wonderful effect in a few scenes, besides, of course, the soundtrack which runs through the whole movie.

Honestly, there were moments I forgot I was watching a black-and-white silent film. The Artist uses all the modern tricks of cinematography and seamless editing and combines it with the best of what older movies had to offer. And it made one of the best, most pleasant movies I’ve seen recently. If you get a chance to see it in a theater, do so.