Essential Keaton. One of Keaton's very best as it provides strong storytelling as well as his comic set pieces. So many of Keaton's work had stupendous and funny sequences but as a whole falter...not this one. Ranks along with 'Seven Choices' as my fav Keaton. Got to love 'the corner of 42nd and Broadway in 1810'. Oh yes and remember 'Don't go back to Rockville.'.
An adventurous, 'happy ended', visually stunning version of "Romeo and Juliet", containing a rehearsal of "The General". William Shakespeare himself wouldn't have directed this film so well, had he lived in the 1920s.
Keaton truly is the contemporary of Griffith, their aim is the tell the great story of the American nation, an epic that outgrows every man. But if destiny is a dramatic theme of Griffith, it becomes the central comedy of Keaton; he is unconscious of the violent and incredible history of the world around him. Never has his jokes been so dark and sadistic as they are in Our Hospitality.
The lesser Keaton picture that I can remember seeing (this being Steamboat Bill, Jr. and The General). There are less gags that work as well as in those two features, and overall it is less astonishing in it's filmmaking, save for an excellent waterfall rescue that is one of the most impressive stunts Buster ever pulled off.
Gag-wise, this is one of Keaton's best mainly because of the dark humor involved. Keaton spends practically the whole movie avoiding his own murder at the hands of a begrudging family. The stone-faced Keaton plays it perfectly in a film that gives a slice of (at least in hindsight) American history.
Más que una comedia, "Our hospitality" es un drama. Es el uso reducido de gags y el golpe mutuo entre Joe Roberts y Buster Keaton que son desplazados por un interesante argumento digno de crearse un remake. Es el coqueteo entre "Romeo y Julieta" y el trasfondo social-rural sobre los conflictos terrenales; ambos temas universales. Sin duda, entre lo mejor de Keaton.