(2.5) I haven't seen the longer silent 1925 version and yet as soon as I started watching this it felt wrong. I guess Chaplin felt the narration was needed to make the film attractive to an audience who by 1942 were used to talkies, but while the magic of the visuals is still there the voiceover intrudes to dissipate it, and for me become an irritation.
Sue me, because I prefer Chaplin's narration. One could argue that it takes away from the naturalism of this already great film, but I feel that it's so sparingly used that it never hurts the whole of the film. Though that may be because I saw that version first. Plus there's the great score that takes it to a whole other level. Other than that, what can I say, it's just one of the funniest films ever made.