Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)
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Critic Reviews for Steamboat Bill Jr.
If your faith in humanity needs a little pick-me-up, there's no better place to start.
Steamboat Bill, Jr. packs in more stunts in 70 minutes than most action franchises have in total, and does so with panache.
Buster Keaton's silent comedy Steamboat Bill, Jr. displays more inspired energy and inventiveness than pretty much everything else currently in cinemas combined.
The ensuing farce involves miraculous physical comedy and stunt-work. Keaton makes it look easy.
Audience Reviews for Steamboat Bill Jr.
Buster Keaton is a master of two distinct features of the silent movie era: comedy via physical trauma and injury, and he is the master of stunts. The stunts you see in Buster Keaton films are all real, and were all executed by Keaton himself. You will be in awe throughout this film as you watch Keaton get pummeled, pulled through the streets, and hit with the framework of an entire house, all while keeping a completely stone face. The framework of the film isn't actually all that important, as his past films also demonstrate. The film starts with his father asking him home to help beat out his competitor in a steam liner business. While this shapes the film there are also plots that follow his father to jail, and then Bill Jr. as he saves his love interest from a tornado's vicious wind. The comedy of Keaton's work is still as timeless and humorous as it was in the twenties, and I highly recommend this film for silent film fanatics and comedy lovers alike.
Keaton was an incomparable genius and this is made pretty evident in the exceptionally well directed third act in which he tries everything to escape a storm and surprises us with his incredible audacity and endless disposition to put himself in life-threatening situations.
Another great movie from Keaton. This one has some really exciting and funny sight gags. Keaton fans can't miss out on this movie.
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