When The Artist became the first silent film to win an Oscar in a bajillion years, I figured it was about time to see it. And it was amazing. For the first 15 minutes it will probably be hard to forget that you’re watching a silent film, but once you reach the 1-hour mark, you’ll be completely focused on the interesting (and realistic) story, expressive characters, and clever writing (there are subtitles sometimes) that you’ll completely forget this is a silent film. Despite having less than 10 named characters, The Artist has the most likable cast out of any movie that came out in 2011. You’ll care for these characters. You’ll want to see if Peppy Miller becames the star she was born to be. You’ll want to know if George Valintin’s new movie is a success. And most of all, you won’t want it to end. And although the happy (and slightly vague) ending marks the finale of this masterpiece, you’ll be thinking about it’s characters and scenes for a long time afterward. So instead of watching Avatar for the umpteenth-billionth time this weekend, try something new and give The Artist a whirl. You won’t be disappointed. And if you are disappointed, you have no soul.