For Feb 9th: Modern Times

Ok, so I was supposed to watch “Lonesome Dove” today, but it seems that fate has conspired to have me watch another Chaplin movie.  Certain recent circumstances have come together in this way:  it turns out “Lonesome Dove” is a made for TV series in four parts, “Modern Times came in the mail instead of my next movie on DVD, and I was behind by a day and desperately needed to watch something.

So, “Modern Times” was on my Netflix list because I had been trying to watch the Chaplin Collection as a fan of the performer.  It features Mr. Chaplin as the central protagonist caught up on a constant train of technology and misfortune.  It was also his first movie with spoken words.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

A great story of a man’s struggle against the surge of technology, and that of the joblessness of the Great Depression.  Uses some older sketches from previous films, but they don’t feel out of place.

Acting: 1.5/2

Chaplin’s tramp is as lovable as ever, and there’s a great supporting cast available  to help.

Photography/Set: 2/2

Good editing conveys the story well.  The sets are amazingly varied without feeling too noisy or eclectic.  They are also very cool in their mechanics, and lend themselves well to the comedy.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

The sound is great, with good musical orchestration.  The effects are well worked for the time period.  The verbal audio is also very good, especially for a recent technological breakthrough.

Misc: 1.5/2

A very cool film overall.  Good things in all areas mesh very well.


A must see for any Chaplin film fan, older film fan, comedy film fan, or really any film nerd in general.


About svolkmer

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