The Kid

The Kid ★★★★

100 FILMS IN ONE SUMMER 2021 - FILM #41

The Kid was Charlie Chaplin’s first feature length film, and out of the five movies I’ve seen from him, this was probably his sweetest. It has all of the traits that would be present in Chaplin’s later work, like slapstick comedy and a bittersweet tone, but the main thing that makes The Kid stand out in Chaplin’s filmography is the relationship that the Tramp has with his adopted son. Chaplin’s chemistry with Jackie Coogan is great, and Coogan’s performance adds to a lot of the movie’s more tragic moments. 

While I still think that Modern Times is Chaplin’s best movie, The Kid is still a great comedy, and it reflects just how consistent Chaplin was with his comedy and filmmaking talent.

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