Every train gag you can imagine is executed with impeccable comedic timing in this finely crafted knee-slapper. And that's just the beginning... There's the Civil War too and this time The South wins! No CGI here, these are real stunts actually performed on moving trains, not toys. Zany laffs by the trainload.
Destitute of sentimentality, stonefaced Keaton is noble, blue-collared everyman, resistant in the technological impetus of machine and courageously active in the chase for personal love (of either engine or woman). Comedic premises are meticulously calculated with the detailed wit and dignity of a piano sonata while simultaneously, backdrop of the civil war and great American landscape, photographed here with Brady-esque authenticity, roams freely in counterpoint. An all-time classic.
I agree with Tom Chick - if this film as well as many other are public domain and listed on youtube for everyone to watch FREE, then why does MUBI charge to watch them???
The film is slow-starting, then hilarious action comedy. His acrobatics and deadpan expressions alone make this a must see. 5/5
Don't pay for public domain films! http://www.youtube.com/movie?v=1b24wqhy0Zo&ob=av1n&feature=mv_sr - also on internetarchive
I love Buster Keaton, there is something about that long face that makes me cheer him on harder than other silent film stars. It might also have to do with the magnitude of the stunts that Keaton puts himself into. I also love that I find myself cheering for the south at the end, in the movie world not in the real one. I also find Keaton's dramatic scenes very compelling, he created a character I love to cheer for.
My first adventure with Mr. Keaton, and what an adventure it was! The stunts are incredible. The cinematography, performances, choreograpy are all great. One of my favorite aspects was the score(version I saw was credited to the Alloy Orchestra) which was very exciting and added to the tension. It's a shame this was considered a dissapointment upon release, but then again, so many classics get the same treatment. 5/5