When we first meet Chaplin’s Tramp, he’s in typical straits: broke, hungry, destined to fall in love and just as sure to lose the girl. Mistaken for a pickpocket and pursued by a peace officer into a circus tent, he becomes a star when delighted patrons think his escape from John Law is an act.
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Not Chaplin's best film but seeing it on the big screen was thrilling. The meditations on what it means to be funny are incredibly ambitious and something else this film has has going for it is its impressive ensemble cast(I'm a Keaton fan but that's one area where Chaplin has the edge). And while not his best film it features perhaps his very best ending. A minor masterpiece but a masterpiece all the same.
I rewatched this movie last night, and I'm convinced, this is easily one of (if not THE) funniest films ever made. 80 years and counting, and I was in tears I was laughing so hard. Everyone must watch this movie!! Long live the Tramp!
3 1/2 out of 5. Standard (truly hilarious) Chaplin fare that's not HIS best work, but still blows 90% of what's come down the line in the last 85 years out of the water. And there's always that end, that end that gets you regardless of how you felt about the rest of the movie.
While not the best Chaplin film, its certainly one of his funniest. The scene where he's on a tightrope with monkeys is perhaps his funniest moment on film. I highly suggest it if you're a Chaplin fan or just if you love classic comedies.