The Great Dictator Reviews
It's a momentous film for a lot of reasons, but after watching it again with fresh eyes I can't help but feel there are still some harmful stereotypes being used far too regularly. Their analogue for Hitler is played as a fool and his german-ish tirades make the film feel far more dated than any technical gripe. Perhaps that was right for the time but it's likely getting harder to appreciate the context they were presented in.
As a result it's a strange thing to watch with modern eyes and perhaps it's more interesting because of it.
War never changes, but if every leader and dictator of our planet held true to that speech that Chaplin gives at the end, I think this world would be a much more pleasant place to live in. We wouldn't be having so much violence and hatred towards each other and wars would cease.
I'll definitely watch this one again! Chaplin never ceases to amaze me with his wit, humor, and sense of humanity and care.
However, the final speech at the end is easily one of the greatest speeches ever made. Those 4 minutes make the whole thing worth it. Those 4 minutes are so inspiring and lovely that I will put them as required viewing for all humanity!