If you’ve grown cynical after years of hackneyed thrillers and formulaic romantic comedies, I have good news: This film is the most innovative, refreshing piece of movie-making I have ever seen. It’s a (mostly) silent film that pays a stunning tribute to the genre, while telling a compelling, almost existential story.

George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is at the pinnacle of his career. The year is 1927, and on the silver screen, George can rescue the girl and save the day in white tie and tails. With his trusty Jack Russell terrier by his side, George thrives on the adoration of his fans. While filming his next big hit, George has a moment with a young extra, Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), and their connection is palpable. Before anything can come of their spark, fate intervenes in the form of talking pictures, and their worlds turn upside down.

With the advent of talkies, George becomes an instant relic and Peppy’s career skyrockets. Her affection for George never fades as he spirals into oblivion, but her love cannot restore his fragile ego. Blah, blah, blah. Just go see this movie immediately, if not sooner. Leave your cell phone at home and be sure to eat quietly. This is a brilliant film.

It's a 9.