The delightful Charlie Chaplin produced, wrote, directed, composed, and acted in this film.
Read that one more time, and then go watch this movie. That one man could give so much to a single piece, and that piece be of such great quality, is remarkable.
Here are just two observations, one negative and the other positive.
Negatively, a few scenes feel worthless. These scenes (like Chaplin and Harry Myers driving madcap through town) feel like they have no purpose as you watch them, and that is confirmed even before the credits roll. In a similar vein, a few comic gags last a moment or two too long. The boxing match (while overall an excellent scene) and Chaplin nearly stepping into…