Harold Lloyd parece ser más ingenioso cuando se trata de crear enredos. Hay más dedicación que en las bromas de Chaplin o Keaton, y no me refiero a los gags, sino a las bromas que plantean risas no crueles. Lo cierto también es que cada uno esté dentro de su propia línea: Chaplin al discurso, Keaton a la buena historia y Lloyd a la comedia saludable.
It doesn't get any more suspenseful than this. It is Hitchcockian in its delivery, only the danger is entirely slapstick. Safety Last! has stood the test of time and is a must-see for comedy-silent-slapstick fans.
Chaplin is the heartwarming clown, Keaton is the clever outsider, and Lloyd is the ambitious everyman. I'm definitely a Keaton guy, but the climactic climb is one of Silent Cinema's best sequences. So tense, even to this day, but also quite funny. Simple yet inspired. And Lloyd is such a charming fellow, you can't help but root for him.
I'm calling it: SAFETY LAST is the greatest comedy ever! It makes you laugh hard while also making you desperately hope for the success of our hero, who symbolizes us to this day. In addition, the film has greater effect when shown on the big screen to a packed crowd, just like I was in when I saw the film for the first time. (Some live musical accompaniment doesn't hurt either.)
Lloyd doesn’t appear to rely on crafting a distinct persona, neither opting entirely for buffoonish slapstick, jaw-droppingly elaborate physical comedy or stone-faced deadpan - though he displays elements of all three, to be sure. His M.O. here comprises just as much of creative visual gags, as well as cheeky writing - including within intertitles - all the while following his antics while on Struggle Street in the big city. And they’re all funny, and just really charming - a lot of fun to be had here, across its entire length - a pleasure.
Harold Lloyd's classic comedy about a young man who heads to the big city to make his fortune before getting married, is a textbook example of silent comedy. While not as famous perhaps as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, Lloyd's death defying stunts have left us with some of cinema's most iconic imagery. One of the marvels of the silent era.
Good fun, for the most part, easily Lloyd's best film. "Third Genius" my ass. Lloyd made one film that approaches the brilliance of Chaplin or Keaton, and this is it, and it still isn't one tenth the accomplishment of THE GENERAL or SHERLOCK JR. or THE GOLD RUSH.