Our Hospitality Reviews
Our Hospitality is based on the real-life Hatfield-McCoy feud. And it's amazing how Keaton is able to turn this concept into a comedy. With all of the Canfield always caring a gun, and shoots after Willie as if he were a duck. But they try to keep a dignified tone when Virginia is around. But the guns takes minutes to reload back in the mid 19th century, which makes it difficult for them to get a precise shot. Other things besides all the shooting there's a lot of pretty funny acrobatic train scenes, where wagons falls of, or the train gets on the wrong track and even out of the tracks. And Willie's dog from New York is so faithful and follows the train, and is a good companionship for better or for worse. Buster Keaton certainly doesn't fail with this one. Thumbs up.
One of the stunts during the third act is one of Keaton's most amazing physical achievements in a career of amazing physical achievements. Considering the time this film was made and the technology available, I am always in awe of Keaton's technical prowess no matter what film I'm watching.
The story is a satire of Southern codes of honor, one of the first times I've seen Keaton criticizing Southern mores, and the result produces some madcap ridiculousness.
Overall, Our Hospitality is funny, entertaining, and contains some vintage Keaton, a master of the silent medium.