4 It has a simple story but it is not always predictable: “BANG” ( if you have watched the film you will know what "BANG" means.)
5 Like the best post modern films it cleverly references other texts.
6 It has Uggie the dog – the skate-boarding dog who has become a star in his own right; animals were often used in silent movies; for instance, Chaplin had dogs, mules, monkees, elephants, lions, tigers, cats, in his films, e.g. The Circus, City Lights.
7 The film has great music which fits in skilfully with the action, situations and facial expressions/gestures; this music, too, is often derivative: you can hear the influences of Debussy, Satie, as well as other early 20th century composers.
8 Michel Hazanavicius and Ludovic Bource pay homage to Bernard Herrman’s music from Hitchcock’s Vertigo, which by the way, Bource uses brilliantly in the climatic scene.
9 It has what many great silent movies aimed for: comedy, pathos, drama and to be entertaining: I was reminded of City Lights, made in 1929, two years after the advent of “The Talkies”.
10 The film “speaks” about how the changes wrought by technology affect people who cannot nor will not change. The irony of the opening scene is more evident on a second viewing.