March 25, 2009

The Kid

Title: The Kid
Year: 1921
Director: Charles Chaplin
Writer: Charles Chaplin
Starring: Charles Chaplin, Carl Miller, Edna Purviance, Jackie Coogan
Music: Charles Chaplin
Distinctions: currently #187 on IMDb's Top 250
Synopsis: an orphan ends up in the care of The Tramp
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), April 2008
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay).
Objective Rating: 5/10 (points off for characters, pacing, cinematography, special effects/design and music) c. 2.2/4 (Okay).

Not bad for 1921. And I actually kind of like how they skip over necessary plot points with the words "Everything works out," or something to that effect. It's a bit slow in general. The surreal allegorical dream sequence around the part of the movie that should be the climax is. . . an unexpected choice. Most of the supporting cast is terrible, but Chaplin's great of course, and oddly the kid (about 5 or 6 years old) is good too.

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