The General Reviews
The film contains not one but two of the greatest train chase sequences in cinematic history - which would go on to inspire anything from Back to the Future Part III to Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers. But its Keaton himself, chewing up scenery and dropping self-constructed sight gags like dominos, that really lends The General its magic.
Keaton is a master of slapstick acrobatics and this film is the ultimate exhibition of his brilliantly simplistic and beautifully orchestrated comic genius.
From sprinting down railroad tracks to leaping around a locomotive and riding on its cow-pusher, one wonders throughout the movie how Keaton avoided mangling himself several times over (though he was knocked unconscious filming the cannonball bit).
As if the action weren't enough, The General is funny too. One might assume that the comedy of a 90-year old silent film wouldn't hold up. Yet it does, remarkably so, which is why the film is timeless and will always be considered one of the greatest early films ever made.
Great comedy from the silent era, directed and starring one of the greatest comedy directors and actors of that era, Buster Keaton. This is a rollicking adventure complete with wonderfully thought-out and performed physical comedy and other sight gags. Some very clever use of the plot to generate the comedy.
The plot itself isn't overly profound, but crams in a lot of action and adventure, plus some romance.
Really, really impressive scenes with the railway engines and a physically incredible Keaton.