I thought I knew what to expect when I went to see this film. It turns out that I did not. Not entirely. Based on all the hoopla and award nominations and wins, I expected more. More story. More wit. More dog tricks.
There was a bit of all that, of course. The film has a lot of charm and a bit of wit. Jean Dujardin does live up to the acting accolades he's received. But the story is pretty predictable, a bit contrived, and awfully repetitive. The directing is mundane.
Even so, this is a very good film. I recommend it.