Just beautiful and expertly crafted silent comedy. Every nuance perfected. Many classic moments, from the attempted drowning scene, drunken ballroom scene, boxing match,... Im not one to fawn over Chaplin much, but one can't argue this is his masterpiece, just slightly better than Gold Rush. The end imo was weak compared to the rest, but I can overlook it. Makes the rest of the film seem that much more perfect.
A lot of reviewers on here seem to be addressing this film with the caveat that this film is great, but not necessarily as great as 'Modern Times' or 'The Great Dictator'. And I think that's an agreeable sentiment for the fact that Chaplin doesn't mine this setup for meaning as much as he's done others. It's still really tight and funny, and the ending is emotionally fulfilling, but its armor is chinked.
Apart from the boxing sequence this is quite unfunny. Very poor slapstick elements, very much predictable, weak story & bad performing supporting cast. Because of these things the movie quickly gets boring. Sure, Chaplin is special, but not here. Disappointing.
Absolutely delightful little film all about electricity and how it powers city lights. I would've never guessed how that process worked! My father worked in public utilities for years and always said this movie best captured what his job was like(he wasn't much of a talker either!). Who knew rigging all those power lines could be so comical!?
This is my favorite Chaplin film, but I don't want that to diminish his other work, either. MODERN TIMES was an outstanding work of social satire, THE GOLD RUSH was great slapstick, and even the largely-neglected MONSIEUR VERDOUX strikes a certain unforgettable tone. Chaplin didn't make a bad movie, and I'm not even sure that CL is his best, exactly. But it IS my favorite, if only for the ending.