Easily my favorite comedy of the silent era. Chaplin and Keaton may have been more cerebral or daring in approach, but Lloyd's infectious optimism is what makes him so great. The Freshman is a crowd pleasing time capsule that maybe goes down a little too smooth, but it's rousing entertainment that speaks to the lovable loser in us all.
"I'm just a regular fellow ! -- and I want you to step right up and call me 'Speedy'!" This is a delightful, little hidden gem from the silent era. Harold Lloyd is right up there with slapstick legends like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, but for some reason I feel he isn't as well known as Chaplin and Keaton. This is a fun film with a surprising amount of heart.
Harold Lloyd is often considered the third genius of the silent era in terms of comedy. This may be true, but he certainly isn't anywhere near on the heels of Chaplin and Keaton if this film is anything to go by. He's at least a couple of miles behind them in his comic ingenuity, command of filmmaking, and general likeability.
One of Lloyd's finest, which combines his everyman humor and a heartwarming element that anyone who struggled to find their identity in college can relate to easily. From his wardrobe mishaps at a party to his realization moment with Peggy, Lloyd has us all cheering for him by the thrilling finale.