This movie is definitely not for everyone and I understand why it’s completely polarizing viewers.
I’m not a fan of silent movies or anything prior to the ’70s so the first 10 minutes were a bit painful to me. Slowly though, I gravitated towards the movie’s sweet core and I got to understand why it was sweeping critics off their feet.
Jean Dujardin reminded me so much of Roberto Benigni in Life is Beautiful, only slightly less cloying. The real star of the movie though was Berenice Bejo as the aptly-named Peppy Miller whose every scene simply lit up the screen.
This movie proved that silence is indeed golden.