A classic, although sometimes some of the gags felt a bit stretched. But Keaton and his unmoving face were perfect to give depth to everyhting happening in the movie. Just a little man dreaming big dreams of love and glory + happy end, as much as one can have in a "war" movie.
The General is nothing extraordinary, it's a simple, forward story of a train getting stolen and a man wanting to prove his bravery. It's fun, simple and very charming. i was chuckling the whole way through, oddly engaging, and left me whit a grin on my face by the end.
"Keaton's greatest picture (arguably) received both poor reviews by critics (it was considered tedious and disappointing) and weak box-office results when initially released in the late 20s, and it led to Keaton's loss of independence as a filmmaker and a restrictive deal with MGM. It would take many decades for the film to be hailed as one of the best ever made." Tim Dirks, Filmsite
The purist comedy. It's a satire of heroics (heroism without skill or courage) and of the mechanical age while he works the mechanical principles of the gag. Everything he does goes wrong then goes right. It's anti-war. He wears his uniform like a child. It doesn't matter for which side. His needs are universally comic: he wants 2 things: the girl, the job. It's epic scale is a slap at Birth of a Nation, I bet. A+
One of the greatest films of all time, and a very ballsy effort from one of the greatest comic actors to ever live. The General is the perfect fusion of timing, rhythm, and scale. Buster Keaton, you never settled for anything less than excellence. The General is proof; rest in peace.
So happy to see this. The General, along with Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin, are two films I got on my 13th birthday that first caused me to look at film as an art form, rather than simply entertainment. It's still a masterful achievement and a joy to watch. Well done, Mubi.
Toller Film. Ein wunderbarer Mensch mit einem unglaublich schönen ausdrucksvollem Gesicht. Interessant auch der Aspekt, der aus der zeitlichen Distanz klar wird, dass jeder Krieg aus der eigenen Perspektive gerecht wirkt und der Feind immer gemein und unmenschlich ist. Sieger werden von der Geschichte gemacht.
In short it consists of impressive photography, a tranquil soundtrack that reminds of Murnau and ingenious, comic use of trains in all sorts of ways. I simply loved the canon! Not as humorous as Sherlock Jr. in my opinion, but certainly the more matured movie of the two.
Definitely breathtaking - a splendid genre crossover between a slapstick comedy (obviously) and civil war film with a touch of western style (especially in the chase train sequences). It makes you laugh and awes you despite obvious cliches of both genres.In an era which the genres are blending, it is funny to see that Buster Keaton thought about it 70 years ago and how little has changed in action/comedy genre.