In this, my final film preview of 2011, there are two new offerings out on general release, after Boxing Day’s, Blockbuster Bonanza (Mission: Impossible -Ghost Protocol & The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). This Friday’s releases are all about appeasing the arthouse crowd, with Luc Besson’s The Lady and Michel Hazanavicius The Artist.
The Lady, is the newest film from the French auteur, come constant disappointment, aka, Luc Besson. It’s a love story about an extraordinary couple, Aung San Suu Kyi and Michael Aris and their sacrifices for the greater good. Aung San Suu Kyi, being the woman at the core of Burma’s democracy movement.
The Lady, will no doubt boost the public’s knowledge of its subject and the political turmoil, which continues to this day in Burma. Both of the film’s lead performances from Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis, should be good, just don’t go expecting it to reignite your passion, for the films of Luc Besson.
The Artist is set in Hollywood during the late 1920s, it’s about the arrival of talking pictures (or talkies) and the silent movie star, George Valentin’s (Jean Dujardin), fall from grace. Who would have thought that a French film about Hollywood cinema in the 1920s and the arrival of the ‘talkies’, would prove so popular and yet Michel Hazanavicius’ film, arrives this weekend, with a fanfare of critical praise.
The real question, of course, will be how popular it proves with the general public. But, with the Guardian’s critic, Peter Bradshaw, calling it, “one of the most eloquent movies imaginable”, and awarding it five stars in his review, it is certain (at the very least), to be a film that’s cherished by the arthouse crowd, in early 2012.