Even before we get to the famous climb, the story has already delivered enough good, clever gags to be a perfectly satisfying comedy. The climb, reluctant and and forced, purely motivated by The Boy trying to hide his 'failure,' is a capper on an already good movie. The stunts are even more impressive for having been accomplished after Lloyd lost his right thumb and forefinger.
My first Lloyd film! He was a most adorable and expressive comedian with a great sense of comedic timing. The skyscraper scene is gut-wrenching, and knowing how it was made doesn't diminish the effect one bit. The film gathers pace like a whirlwind from fantastically constructed gags to overwhelming tension and fun.
Just great all-around comedy, very well written especially the beginning gag and the famous building climb sequence. The constant piling on and the ending with the kickers was just brilliant. Also, loved the chaotic sales sequence where Lloyd loses his shirt and literally has to Fairbanksianly fight off the women in the store. Loved every moment in the movie, definitely lives up to the hype.
I'm calling it: SAFETY LAST is the greatest comedy ever! It makes you laugh hard while also making you desperately hope for the success of our hero, who symbolizes us to this day. In addition, the film has greater effect when shown on the big screen to a packed crowd, just like I was in when I saw the film for the first time. (Some live musical accompaniment doesn't hurt either.)
The wit in this is overwhelming. My eyes remained glued to the screen as the story progressed and the tension built. The climb up the tower made me feel triumphant at the end. Although I'm sure there are motifs, symbols and themes within the film to uncover, in the end it is first and foremost, FUN. I marvel at the skill and artistry that went into making this.
Harold Lloyd parece ser más ingenioso cuando se trata de crear enredos. Hay más dedicación que en las bromas de Chaplin o Keaton, y no me refiero a los gags, sino a las bromas que plantean risas no crueles. Lo cierto también es que cada uno esté dentro de su propia línea: Chaplin al discurso, Keaton a la buena historia y Lloyd a la comedia saludable.
Chaplin is the heartwarming clown, Keaton is the clever outsider, and Lloyd is the ambitious everyman. I'm definitely a Keaton guy, but the climactic climb is one of Silent Cinema's best sequences. So tense, even to this day, but also quite funny. Simple yet inspired. And Lloyd is such a charming fellow, you can't help but root for him.
Harold Lloyd's classic comedy about a young man who heads to the big city to make his fortune before getting married, is a textbook example of silent comedy. While not as famous perhaps as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, Lloyd's death defying stunts have left us with some of cinema's most iconic imagery. One of the marvels of the silent era.
This Lloyd has it all: on screen charm, acting skills, character builT-up, doing own stunts (all of them!), .. And then there's the female interest, magnificent actresses, and the absolutely brilliant intertitles -title cards- adding it all up to: one of the best movies of all times and one of my favourites here to stay!