Chaplin's first feature length film is still a delight over 90 years later !!!! The mix of the comedic and the human is oft touching beyond words. Coogan may well give the best childhood performance ever in a heartbreaking but often funny turn. Chaplin of course is a delight taking the lovable tramp from years of short films and giving him even more depth and everyman humanity. Essential cinema.
So many classic moments make Chaplin's first full length film a Masterpiece.Moves quickly with a fitting music score that is not too sentimental.Best of all--Jackie Coogan plays the boy at 5 years old.
Chaplin's Little Tramp character discovers an abandoned baby and raises him as his own, while his mother who abandoned becomes a major performing star and takes up charity work for underprivileged children in hopes of reuniting him. A beguiling and emotional charmer, Chaplin tickles the funny bone and pulls the heart strings with equal aplomb.
Another example of Chaplin's maestry to blend great comedic moments with heartwarming sensitivity. Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan are one of the best and most recognizable partners ever in a motion picture. pure silent magic.
The melodrama and hurried ending make this less effective than some of his shorts thus far, but maybe even more impressive for what's happening behind the camera - construction of the Hollywood mirage. An unprepared child star, ruling star presence, bitter disputes, grooming by those in power. And on screen work so magical that we might forgive the high cost of its existence.