From start to finish, this one's a real blast to watch. It's evident how much of a perfectionist Buster Keaton must have been because every shot in this short either made me laugh, or left me in awe. I always enjoy playing with frame and perspective, and it seems that Keaton did as well. It only now struck me how much I also enjoy this character, how much I empathize with him and how relatable he still is. Great film
Down on his luck Buster is mistaken for a criminal, and while initially just hoping to grab a bite to eat, he's sent on the run with a crew of police after him. Even though the horseshoe caused him more trouble than he bargained for, luck is always on his side. No one could outrun that many cops without a bit of luck. The elevator scene is an absolute thrill, watching Buster, floor after floor, fool his tubby tail.
A really nice silent comedy that revolves around a mistaken identity with very enjoyable humour and chase scenes. I really admire how great the filmmakers back then managed humour and creative scenes with the limited resources they had. As other movies from the time, "The Goat" keeps making me feel nostalgic about a time period that I didn't even experienced.
Mistaken identity and being pursued by cops are regular features of Keaton shorts and both scenarios appear in this delightful caper. The Great Stone Face is down on his luck, reduced to queuing for bread. Matters worsen when he's mistaken for a notorious criminal and the rest of the film is two glorious chase sequences.. For buffs interested by trivia, the criminal is played by Buster's co-director Mal. St. Clair...