I enjoy how Buster Keaton's gags shoot right past physics & natural law into some absurd OtherLand of problems and solutions, none of which make sense, yet are so humorous and beguiling. Even this nautical family yarn ends in damned-if-I-know-where-ville. At times it begins to remind me of Maya Deren rather than the silent comics of his day. I suppose our job is to appreciate, and I do.
A sequel of sorts to Keaton's earlier short, ONE WEEK, THE BOAT follows the continuing misadventures of perhaps the unluckiest family of all time as they attempt to go for a simple boat ride that turns into a disaster. Keaton's deadpan humor is in top form here, relying less on elaborate set pieces as he is well timed slapstick.