Electric House Reviews
I think that for the most part I enjoyed this film because most of the inventions installed in the house by modern standards are practical for most part, impressive considering the period this film was made even though today it is something that can exist or does exist regularly.
I think what I was most impressive with was the rail road toy that brought the food to diner table or cleaned the dishes.
I also enjoyed seeing the Pool game setting up the pool balls on the pool table.
I do like the beginning with the swapping of the diplomas.
I actually like the moral of the story of the film that it is possible to be successful if you put your mind and dedication to it.
I liked it when the real Electrician tried sabotaging Buster Keaton's character.
Buster Keaton was amazing in this film. This was not your traditional slap stick film in that you felt sympathetic towards Buster Keaton's character. I was impressed that they made Buster Keaton's character actually successful early on in the film rather than making mistakes like you would expect to see if Charlie Chaplin's character was in the film.
For a silent film I actually felt like it was a rather tolerable film. At no point did I feel like the film was going on too long. I actually was quiet amused by the film. The passe of the film was well done. I never felt as thought there were too many slow points to this film.
What got me was that the intent of this film was originally to be comical. However my today's standards I found very little comical due to must of the inventions presented in the film I could easily see installed into a house today.
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The concept of the film is the perfect concept for Buster and his technical knowhow, his inventive sense of humor, and his athleticism. Buster himself builds every single insane electical mechanism and they're all hilariously brilliant. There's the automatic pool table, automatic dish washer, the little train used to serve food, and of course, the electric staircase.
Unfortunately, the staircase would actually cause Buster to break his leg. Buster was no stranger to getting busted up on set (duh, his name is Buster) but as a result, production on the film was halted, as Buster went on to make another film, The Playhouse, while his leg healed. When he continued production on The Electric House, he actually scrapped the whole project and started from scratch.
The Electric House is an uproarious good time. It may not be as funny as some of Buster's funniest, but it's a really great time, and it's worth watching to see all of the cool inventions, which are even pretty impressive by today's standards.
I really do need to see it again, though.