Modern Times

Title: Modern Times
Year: 1936
Length: 87 minutes
Director: Charles Chaplin
Writer: Charles Chaplin
Starring: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard
Music: Charles Chaplin
Distinctions: currently #79 on IMDb’s Top 250

My reaction
Synopsis: the Tramp works in a factory, goes to prison, and some other stuff vaguely connected by the theme of The Great Depression Sucks
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Concept: Indifferent.
Story: Terrible.
Characters: Indifferent.
Dialog: Good.
Pacing: Bad. I would say “terrible,” but the comedic timing is great so I have to give the pacing some credit. But the movie feels about an hour longer than it is.
Cinematography: Indifferent.
Special effects/design: Good.
Acting: Good. Chaplin is great, everyone else is mediocre.
Music: Good.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good). It’s funny, and that’s all I’m really looking for in a Charlie Chaplin movie. The lack of a story hurts it a lot, though.
Objective Rating: 2.2/4 (Okay).


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