Chaplin's first feature length is a personal one showing the poverty of his own London upbringing and the emotional with the death of his own son 10 days prior to production, it's little surprise that the chemistry between Chaplin and Coogan comes across so touching and strongly performed but as a comedy duo it works just as well with the tramp and the kid playing off each other for well timed punchlines and falls.
Perhaps the best Chaplin films are where, as in The Kid, he mixed his routine up, in this case introducing a social melodrama that reflected his own poor upbringing in the East End. Few people find his tramp character funny these days, but that shouldn't detract from the skill and charm of films like this one, especially its iconic chase across the NY rooftops and his ducking and weaving around a neighborhood bully.
My 20 year old self, watching this with my 47 year old mother and 79 year old grandmother : all of us laughing, crying, engaging with each other, sharing and bonding effortlessly. On New Year's Day in 2020, almost 100 years after it was released. Absolute timeless genius. Merci Charlot :)
Para lograr que el niño llorara en esta película. Chaplin ordeno quitarle su perro al ñiño (de la vida real). Y se lo llevaran para matarlo, hasta hicieron un disparo; y el niño penso que era cierto y el resultado esa escena. Muy premiada en su tiempo, contado por Jackie Coogan muchos años despues.
More a social commentary than a comedy to be honest, but it is an important comment on child wellfare, poverty and women who leave their children on the doorstep of others. Chaplin is completely overshadowed by the kid too who charms and warms the viewer in every single scene.
One of the great Chaplin movies which may lack the most socially biting satire of 'City Lights' or 'Modern Times', yet moves with its playful resourcefulness, bringing Chaplin close to the kid. What unites both is divergent thinking one that eschews the linear patterns of adults and builds creative problem-solving processes. These suffuse, as expected, this melodrama which culminates in a funny scene among angels.
You get the sense that Chaplin's films had a big influence on Looney Tunes. I'm not sure this one entirely holds up. There are some very touching moments- and the dream sequence with the angels was clever. But the poverty of this film's depiction of its era doesn't feel like the poverty of today. (Chaplin's later film, modern times, feels a bit more "modern").