• BrianLinn

    ★★★★ Watched by BrianLinn 09 Jul, 2014

    Buster Keaton’s “The General” is a massively scaled action comedy set during the Civil War. Desperate to impress a young woman, Johnnie Gray (Keaton) decides to join the Confederate Army. Unfortunately, he is deemed too valuable as a train engineer to serve. When Northern troops steal Gray’s beautiful engine, “The General”, and kidnap his girl, it is up to him to retrieve both. What follows is a crazy stunt filled spectacular, shot in the foothills of the Cascades in the…

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  • Runcil Rebello

    ★★★★ Watched by Runcil Rebello 28 Jul, 2014

    My first classic movie on the big screen.

    I've just recently gotten into Buster Keaton. 'Sherlock, Jr.' was my first watch and what struck me that his moviemaking involved a lot of magic tricks. Conversely, this movie does not involve "tricks", at least not as many as 'Sherlock, Jr.' It has a straighter narrative but is it still insane! Such fluidity in the stunts and it flows so well with the slapstick humour. I'm sure my Keaton enthusiasm won't stop here.

    P.S.: Does Keaton have a brilliant poker-face or what!

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  • ReCreation

    ★★★★ Watched by ReCreation 27 Jul, 2014

    Die Hard on a train was way better then Die Hard on a plane.

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  • Alex Krajci

    ★★★ Rewatched by Alex Krajci 27 Jul, 2014

    1926's The General Is One Of My Favorite Films, I Like It Because Logan And Yan Were Born The General Was 69 Years Old In 1995.

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  • ghoststark

    ★★ Watched by ghoststark 16 Jul, 2014

    Lacks the style of Chaplin's uproarious films, while simultaneously being a real chore to watch. The brown color palette is extremely off-putting, and really coats this film in a layer of aesthetic flatness that kept me at arms length. The set-pieces are so bland, and lack imagination. I can't even remember a moment in the film that made me laugh. There is a tedium that set in around minute 20, that sadly never left me for the remainder of the film.

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  • Joseph Brown

    ★★★★ Watched by Joseph Brown 06 Jul, 2014

    Great comedy.

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  • Victor Volchenko

    ★★★★ Watched by Victor Volchenko 02 Jul, 2014

    Хоть мне очень понравился "Генерал" Китона, но я не мог не сравнивать этот фильм с "Sherlock, Jr" (1924) от того же Китона. А Шерлоку Генерал уступает к не крути - нету той же неожиданности, элемента сюрприза и легкости. Не смотря на это, все так же присутствует оригинальная операторская работа и экстравагантность Китона.

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  • Sean Sexton

    ★★★★ Watched by Sean Sexton 14 Nov, 2013

    Great Keaton classic with Keaton shining through as a truly lovable character in hilarious situations.

    Good: Great comic train-chasing-train sequences. Lots of action to go with the slapstick.

    Bad: A little confusing at times trying to figure out which guys are North vs. which South.

    Rating: 8.5 / 10 (Great)

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  • feedingbrett

    ★★★★ Watched by feedingbrett 27 Jun, 2014

    Review In A Nutshell:

    Before this film, I have never seen a full length feature film from Buster Keaton and The General would only mark as the second silent film I have seen in my life. I came into this film thinking I may possibly not enjoy it as Keaton never truly made an impression on me when I was younger. It was always Chaplin that comes into my mind when someone brings up the topic of films in the…

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  • Avalanche

    ★★★★ Watched by Avalanche 21 Jun, 2014

    While I didn't find this the laugh-a-minute roller-coaster comedy extravaganza that some people do, I still found it hugely entertaining. If you don't want view it as an all out comedy, I still found it works quite well if viewed as a template for the modern blockbuster. There are some pretty gripping action sequences interspersed with humour and a love story. Rather than structure the action around comedic set pieces, the comedy is based on the action. Indeed, so is…

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  • Luke Ryan

    ★★★★★ Watched by Luke Ryan 29 May, 2014

    Buster Keaton movies never fail to impress me. Whether it's masterfully staged stunts that wow and make me laugh, Buster's impeccable comedic timing, or innovative special effects, I'm always left thinking: "that man was a genius." As an actor and director in most of his feature films, he had a tremendous amount of talent. The General optimises all of these things. It's so rare that I will see a film and be able to not only say it's simply one…

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  • Chris Jensen

    ★★★½ Watched by Chris Jensen 15 Jun, 2014

    My first Buster Keaton film. A simple story, made remarkable by BK's charisma and physical comedy gifts. In addition, the cinematography is at times superb.

    I'm also left impressed once again by just how many extras films used in those days. A seemingly endless supply.

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