Frankie’s review published on Letterboxd:
“A picture with a smile-and perhaps, a tear.”
My first ever Chaplin film and it’s easy to see why this man and his work is so timeless. Devoid of dialogue in its 54 mins, I managed to cry, laugh, and have a huge grin on my face.
The way Chaplin uses frenetic energy, body language, slapstick, emotion, and posture makes this such a great feel good film. While the characters don’t say much there is so much conveyed in their physical performance that just makes you invested and interested in these characters. And that dream sequence was just divine.
As someone who is extremely fond of practical effects, I loved this movie so much. The sets, the windows, the long takes, the makeup, the costumes, and the wire work made me so happy. I love when films use practical effects because it just makes it all so much more real and the more timeless.