Time flew past me today, so I’ll keep this minimal.
It’s overrated—though that isn’t an indictment on the film as much as it is its reputation among critics and award ceremonies. This film has won a substantial amount of awards, including Best Picture at the 2012 Oscars. This? Best Picture? It’s a decent film, but it’s nowhere near as good as, say, Moonlight or The Shape of Water. Hell, I liked all of the nominees for this year’s Oscars (that I’ve seen) better than this.
It’s a cute film that embellishes the magic of Hollywood and those who struggle to obtain their self-worth when everything spirals downward. It’s not an original story and it is not told with the most interesting of executions. The silent film, black-and-white scheme was neat for a while, but grew somewhat uninteresting by the end. Otherwise, everything about it ranged from average to above-average, and that’s just as much as this film is worth: an above-average experience. I’d recommend it, but with nowhere near the space-level expectations set upon it by its accolades.
Final Score: 6.5/10
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