I give this 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Were this story in the hands of anyone other than Charlie Chaplin, Verdoux would've been a loathsome bastard and this film would've been a very hard watch. While Monsieur Verdoux isn't exactly Chaplin's masterpiece, its still highly entertaining despite being an almost complete departure from his previous work.
It's really bad. But they'll tell you it's great because Charlie Chaplin made it.
Only the loveable Charlie Chaplin could have an audience on the side of a killer. His indictment of capitalism and war is given to us at a distance,but is obvious.
(Spoiler?) This film is of course brilliant and I like the argument that it makes, but at the end Verdoux is still pretty high and mighty for someone who murdered like 14 ladies. Just sayin'.
The bad taste of its premise and the greasy feeling it leaves within one, in one's search for appropriate identification with the screen are key to the brilliance of this movie. Superb (chracter) acting by Martha Raye as Annabella Bonheur. Shot really quickly, most of it is tight though are are a few bald and boring spots. Overall amazing movie.
After the first few disappointing and poorly played minutes, the movie launches into a delicious as well as touching black comedy. Chaplin's character, Verdoux, is quite distinct from his Tramp character (except in one relatively brief sequence where Verdoux reacts in a stereotypically Tramp fashion) and the insights we gain into this new character as the story progresses lend unexpected depth to the film.
Like it, don't love it. The black comedy works, but for whatever reason I don't find it quite as entertaining or humorous as many others do.
The greatest comedian of all time finally leaves behind 'The Tramp' the character that made him famous, and here plays a serial killer, a very affable and charming one, though. A gem of black comedy, in which Chaplin showed a little wickedness, without abandoning his social commentary nor his sentimentality. He easily proves why murder can be also a laughing matter.