I just realised there are an awful lot of silent movies on the list near the top.In The General we have Buster Keaton as a train driver who tries to enlist in the American civil war but can’t because he’s a skilled worker.So by chance he stumbles onto a plot by the the other side to ambush his side,the confederates. There’s a big train chase that ensues and for a film from 1926 this feels like it must have had a massive budget.I liked this better than the Chaplin films because unlike Chaplins where he gets the shit end of the deal from the girls,Keaton love story has progression and they end up together in the end and there’s no mind fuckery to be had.
A good film and Keatons acting is superb,the facial expressions alone are hilarious.
IMDB RATING – 8.2
MY RATING – 8.1
SEEN BEFORE – NO
RECOMMEND? – NO
OVERALL – FUNNY.FOR A FILM OF IT’S AGE THE PICTURE QUALITY IS EXCELLENT.