Go West (1925)
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Critic Reviews for Go West
Buster Keaton is an able pantomimist; his morose and sensitive face commands a certain sympathy. We are, therefore, not absolutely unresponsive to his new comedy, Go West.
One of Buster's best, which means one of cinema comedy's best.
Typically inventive and gut busting comedy from the Great Stone Face.
Audience Reviews for Go West
It is so much fun to see Keaton throw the West upside down as he befriends a jolly cow in a ranch, struggles to arrive in time for lunch and sets a herd of cattle free in the city while trying to make his way as a cowboy, even if hilariously clueless about what he is doing.
Another incredible Buster Keaton film. I found this to be hist most consistent film as far as comedy goes. I may not have laughed as much, even though I still did, but I thought the material was better paced instead of leaving the majority of it for the climax. The story is also surprisingly sweet, the description for this film likens it to Chaplin's films, which are more sentimental and contain a lot more heart. Not to say Keaton's films don't have heart, because they do, it's just that Chaplin's films depended more on that instead of the comedy. Anyway the point is that I agree with the comparisons wholeheartedly. The movie tells the sweet story of Friendless who, obviously, is friendless and how he makes his way to the west, where he gets a job as a COWBOY, a vague job description if you ask me. Anyways, while there he meets and befriends a cow, yes...a cow. Anyway the story is about what he'll do for his one and only friend when Brown Eyes, the cow, is sold off to a slaughterhouse. Hilarity, of course, ensues. And while this may not have the wildest stunts of his career, there are still some really clever and inventive moments. I thought that the climactic scene, while still strong, was probably a little too long. Some of it could've been shortened to benefit the film. That's not really a big complaint when the movie runs 68 minutes, so it still flies by. Anyway, I loved this movie. It's got a charming story and it's really funny so I loved watching this. I had a lot of fun and this is a must-see if you love silent comedy.
"Go West" is not as well-regarded as some other Buster Keaton films such as "The General" and "Our Hospitality," but it's certainly worth seeing. And at only 69 minutes, it doesn't require much of a commitment. Down-on-his-luck "Friendless" heads west (Keaton sure did love train scenes) and grabs some work as a cowboy, despite being a complete novice. He can't ride, can't shoot and can't milk a cow. When he pulls a stone out of a limping cow's hoof and the grateful beast becomes devoted to him a la "Androcles and the Lion," it seems like a sweet gag. Surprising that this idea becomes the central plot -- it's not much to hang a movie on. However, the climatic cattle drive through the streets of Los Angeles is a set piece that can't be missed.
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