Have to say I liked Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, but with the cast and director, I was bound to. I like a slow film from time to time.
Well if you haven't heard about it.. look it up =]
Saw it in what I belive is the oldest working cinema in Britain (Birmingham Electric Cinema), and it seemed a fitting enviorment to watch this (good setting, good audience, good overall enviorment). It's plot is hardly original, and it references a number of other films, but what really makes it special is not what it says for the past, but the present and future. The lead trio (Dujardin, Bejo and Uggie) are absolutely stunning. I've been a fan of Jean Dujardin since OSS 117 Cairo Nest of Spies (also directed by Hazanavicius, and featuring Bejo), such an amazingly expressive actor. Berenice Bejo is solid and I feel her equally expressive performance more than convinces me she belongs in the film (despite some saying she doesn't fit the period). Uggie the dog is brilliant and had the whole crowd cheering. Dujardin and Bejo had great on screen chemistry (as did Dujardin and Uggie), while the supporting cast was just as solid. What the film does best is not being a classic silent film, because it just isn't, it uses modern techniques with a composed and well synched soundtrack. As a film student I loved it, the shots, the techniques, etc. There's definitely more to it than seems, and what it does, it does really really well. I was surprised at how well it handled having no sound, and managed to be emotive and compelling despite the predictable plot. I'm just glad it's getting the attention it has, many films like this are all too easily swept aside by CGI abominations and teen dramas.
For me it's a watch at the cinema if you can, rent it if you can't, but definitely buy it if you are a fan of great performances.