The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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It was Chaplin's first full-length film, and the action is perhaps too episodic; he hadn't yet mastered the structural demands of the long form. But several of the episodes... are sublime.
While it will move people to uproarious laughter and keep them in a state of uneasing delight, it also will touch their hearts and win sympathy, not only for the star, but for his leading woman, and little Jackie Coogan.
As always, Chaplin's opulent Victorian sentimentality is made palatable both by the amazing grace of his pantomimic skills and the balancing presence of harsh reality.
The Kid, Charlie Chaplin's first feature-length production, is one of his most sentimental and most satisfying films, a simple but very effective blend of pathos and laughs, in which the Tramp finds an abandoned baby.
Clearly recalling his own troubled childhood in Victorian London, the film is remarkable for the chemistry between the Tramp and that window-smashing moppet Jackie Coogan.
Beyond its ability to wring the heart, The Kid of all Chaplin's pictures perhaps most manifests his extraordinary knowledge of life, which his sensitive perceptions and comic imagination use as the raw material for laughter.
The movie opens with the words "a picture with a smile -- and perhaps, a tear," a mission statement that would serve Chaplin well over the ensuing decades.
a fantastic and brave work, forging new ground in its mixing of comedy and pathos and fully earning its opening title card, which promises "a picture with a smile-and perhaps, a tear."
[VIDEO ESSAY] "The Kid" is significant in cinema history because it is one of the first films to combine comedy and drama as a succinct filmic form. It is a nurturing comic movie that never gets old, regardless of how many times you watch it.
Timeless silent film blends humor with hardship.
Critics at the time praised the film for its effortless combination of comedy and pathos, which is not as easy as it looks.
Never so sweet that the comedy suffers, and never so funny that the drama comes off as shallow.
Not since my favorite Chaplin masterpiece, "City Lights," have I seen comedy and heart blended so well. This film sees the incorrigible Tramp raising a five year old Jackie Coogan, getting into scraps with much bigger blokes, and stealing to get by. The child in question had been lost, years before, and his mother is trying to find him. The Tramp is just trying to do right, and feels that the child is his own. It's sweet the entire way through, showing the bonds of adoptive parenting, and the uncompromising love of a parent for a child. The comedy is as screwball as it gets, with Chaplin acting at his best. Most of the comedy is slapstick and screwball, with the Tramp often coming close to getting beaten up or caught by police. It's an absolute delight, a great film for families, and a tearjerker at times.
Although I find unnecessary the dream sequence near the end, this is a great 6-reeler that finds the perfect balance between funny and touching - and the highlight is sweet little co-star Jackie Coogan, who steals every scene he is in.
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. The chemistry between Chaplin and Jackie Coogan (The Kid) is so beautifully believable. The choreography of the scenes is sublime. When the cop caught the kid (in collusion with glazier Chaplin) breaking windows and they were runnning away and Chaplin kept giving the kid the side-kick I almost split. When the kid was beating up the bigger kid,it was to die for. Magical feel--the heaven scene was wickedly good.
This film is the perfect example of Chaplin's talent. I'm not big for silent films, even for comedies, but I had a connection to this film. The characters felt real and I felt for them. Deffinetly one of my top favorite films of all time.
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