Nearly a hundred years later and it still works. Predominately visual gags founded on a simple plot have ensured this. Excellent example of a film with almost no fat (unless you count the myriad throwaway jokes, which I don't because they're hilarious). Just straight, focused comedy injected directly into the bloodstream.
Harold Lloyd is right up there with the iconic legends of the silent film era like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. With Safety Last! Lloyd is at the top of his game. The clock tower sequence is one of the most iconic set pieces in all of cinematic history and it consists of just some brilliant stunt work! This film is filled with some brilliant visual gags and is a must watch for any film fan!
A big improvement over the last Lloyd film I saw, and one where he (eventually) comes into his great comedic masterstroke. This is the daring and often terrifying climb up a building using his bare hands. This sequence is so well crafted that you forget that a lot of what's being done is using movie magic, and are wholly wrapped up in the moment. It works almost as well as a thriller as it does a comedy.
Just an excellent comedy. LLoyd is personally my fav silent comedian. Maybe bc he just seems like such an average guy. All he really wants is to get a good job and get with a great girl in most of his films. Very relatable to most. There is a reason this film has become a part of our culture and is spoofed in commercials and the like. Essential.
Buoyed by Lloyd's rascally unstoppable character, the true epiphany here for me was the disguise of the wolf in sheep's clothing. The way in which The Boy's respectable veneer was really a facade for his general amorality and desire to make it big with the aid of any shortcuts on hand make it a great allegory for the rise of early century American capitalism.