City Lights Reviews
One might assume that such a film can't hold up to today's attention-deficit society, yet the plot is so cohesive and the gags are so amusingly inventive that viewers effortlessly remain engaged from start to finish.
Considering this is Chaplin's most acclaimed work--and among the favorite films of such luminaries as Orson Welles and Stanley Kubrick--this is a must-watch for every cinephile.
Overall Grade: A+ (10/10)
A masterful piece of silent era filmmaking so timeless and yet so brilliantly about a place in time. It lives in the 1930s almost as vividly as it lives in the heart of the viewer. So lovely in Chaplin's admiration of the beautiful flower girl (played with magnetic sweetness by Virginia Cherrill) and so thoroughly hilarious in its hijinks with the millionaire (played with superior comedic ability by the great Harry Meyers) even after over eighty years. It tells such a tender and sweet story; performing a cinematic high wire act of balancing outlandish slapstick humor with moments of subtlety and nuance not commonly found in silent cinema, nor in modern film for that matter.
"City Lights" is a work of sheer genius that thrives on the ceaselessly funny shoulders of the Tramp, a true cinematic renaissance man that showed the power of the image before film had a voice.
Also, just as an aside, if that final shot doesn't melt your heart, you may have fallen asleep or are otherwise without a soul.
Funny choreography, likable characters, and a sweet story makes City Lights one of the greatest silent comedies.
A deep emotional comedy love story.
It's easy to feel loved for the illusion one present to the blind, but to then be seen for ones real self. Yikes!