Tuesday, October 4, 2011

#413: The Navigator

1924, TSPDT Rank #375

Today is Buster Keaton's birthday, and everybody who knows anything about film knows that Buster was one of the greatest comedic men in the history of cinema. The Navigator is a great film made while Buster was in the prime of his career. It's not quite the masterpiece that films like The General or Our Hospitality are - but it is still more hilarious than anything most comedic actors could ever hope to pull off. Buster's co-star Kathryn McGuire should also be mentioned - as she more than pulls her weight in the proceedings. The plot involves rich, pampered Buster and McGuire getting stuck accidentally on a boat together in the middle of Atlantic Ocean and having to learn how to live on the ship. The genius of Buster Keaton speaks for itself, but I would also mention that as in most Keaton silent features, the finale is made to be a definite highlight. The ending fight against the "cannibals" is a whirlwind of laughter and tense suspense. Happy birthday to the Great Stone Face. You will live on as long as there is still laughter and a small bit of (in)sanity left in this quickly unraveling world.

(Rating: 9/10)

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