Modern Times Reviews
Saw this on 23/7/15
I must admit that I do not enjoy the films of Chaplin like the way I used to when I saw them as a kid, however, Modern Times is a socially relevant film from Chaplin that does not have a background score as good as his other films. Nevertheless, Modern Times benefits from the acting skills of Chaplin and Paultette Goddard and also from Mr Chaplin's extreme comic timing. That song he sings in the end is mind blowing and watching that alone would help you understand why he is been considered a legend.
I enjoyed watching this! Full of cool and clever special effects and plenty of moments to make you laugh. Chaplin did such a good job of creating such a silly little character. The story was creative and fascinating, with imaginative concepts and energetic cinematography. It was a fun watch for sure. Delightfully absurd, yet it did give voice to the woes of unemployment and the voracious appetite of capitalism at the price of some disposable human equipment. Silliness with a sting. I recommend it!
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It's a neat thing to hear the machines making sounds, and even a little song by the man himself. Supposedly his first full film with sound, used in a great way.
A super comedy with a serious message. It has aged remarkebly well.
8 out of 10 machines.
You have the usual Charlie Chaplin ingredients. First you have the incredibly funny and creative visual comedy. Pure creative genius. Plus you have the usual emotional content.
Chaplin's previous classics - The Kid, The Gold Rush, The Circus, City Lights - all had these and are fantastic movies.
However, Modern Times trumps all those. Not only is it hilariously funny and bitter-sweet but it has social commentary too. Chaplin takes aim at the dehumanizing effect of factory work, and the general way workers are treated. While the picture he paints makes us laugh, rather than make us angry, behind the comedy there is a lot of truth. This satire is still relevant today. It doesn't have to be factories, it could be any workplace.
Superb direction by Chaplin. He is more known for his acting antics and creative scripts but the camerawork here is fantastic.
Other than the all-round Chaplin brilliance, the other standout in the movie is Paulette Goddard, who plays his love interest. Beautiful with an endearing waifishness, impishness and sense of humour, she matches Chaplin step for step. (She was to become Chaplin's third wife shortly after the movie was released).
An all-time classic.