Dominated by a tremendous Mad Max-style chase sequence, the General is one of the greatest works of physical comedy, as Keaton exploits every part of a locomotive, crawling over, under and across its different components. The gags are continuous, the tension is constant, and there is innovation in every scene. For all his ability, few people find Chaplin funny today, but Keaton's hopeful fool has survived far better.
4.5/5 - Buster Keaton is a one man show, cause... Jesus!!! The amount of daring stunts and top-notch physical comedy in this thing are, sometimes, out of this world, even by today's standards, and all of it done in a tremendous scale. And midway through this, it hit me like bulldozer: Mad Max: Fury Road owes so, so much to this film... Like, holy shit! These two must make one hell of a double feature.
37/100 (Bir saat yirmi dk boyunca şaklabanlık, sakarlık, milliyetçilik, militarizm övgüsü izlemek gerçekten çok can sıkıcı. Bu filme 5 yıldız veren insanların Recep İvedik filana 1 yıldız vermesi kesinlikle iki yüzlülük. Aynı şey. 100 yıl önce çekilmiş saygı duyacağım diye hatta ve hatta "Ben sanat severim ağbii" diyeceğim diye yapmak ahmaklık. Senaryo yılına göre değerlendirilecek şey değildir. Devamı yorumda...)
Cute, but ultimately boring, Buster Keaton's Stoneface gag gets dull across the length of a feature. His work is far better in short form. There are however a scattershot few gags that really work. Unfortunately that does not warrant the often applied comparisons to Chaplain who's work is funnier and also far more rich with deep, emotional (if a bit saccharine), story and character work.
This was the first Buster Keaton film I had seen. Nice and light-hearted, with some surprisingly good action sequences for any time period, let alone 1926! But it provided a good mixture of suspense and comedy. The running length helped as well, the film moves at a good pace and didn't overstay it's welcome.
The jokes aren't as prevalent in this one, but these gags are often quite funny even when it's a cliche or you see the punchline coming (especially the enlisting scene, the sword-throwing scenes, and the final shot.) The romantic story isn't as affecting but the action and scope are fantastic. And all these stunts on moving trains are amazing, looking quite dangerous, especially in a time without stunt protocol.
genuinely funny and suspenseful nearly 100 years later. bold and innovative for its time and in fact more daring than most films that have been made in recent decades...I mean, that burning train engulfed in flames, hurtling across the bridge, collapsing into the valley below?? c'mon
The last remaining Keaton. It’s unfortunate to know that his greatest film was also his biggest downfall as it cost studios too much money, and he lost much of his artistic freedom because of it. But yeah, it’s all master Keaton at his best right here. Along with exploding trains and locomotive humor!