The Kid

The Kid

Mini-Review
Charlie Chaplin's The Kid was unexpectedly brilliant, and could not have been a better introduction to theatrical Chaplin. In fact, it's inspired me to watch every narrative feature film directed by him, with five exceptions that are under 2.5k views and one exception (A Countess from Hong Kong) that I can't find anywhere. This is just so heartwarming and combines the great physical comedy I found in Buster Keaton's Sherlock Jr with incredible amounts of heart and even better direction and acting. Chaplin of course is the master of pantomime, but Jackie Coogan's The Kid steals the screen much of the time. And that's not even mentioning the phenomenal pacing. It does all this in 53 minutes! You know, films these days are afraid to go below 80 minutes even if they desperately need short and crisp pacing. I think some studio executives need to watch this film and understand how utterly genius its pacing is. What a run time, as a lover of films that are as streamlined as possible, this was amazing. My only complaint about the film is the Dreamland sequence is unnecessary and brings the film's emotion and narrative to a grinding halt just three minutes before it ends. However, the beautiful ending arguably redeems it. A very high four stars for me. Bravo, and I'll be watching more Chaplin soon.