The Love Nest

The Love Nest ★★★★

The last of Buster Keaton's two-reelers finds him in fine fettle artistically, gearing up (or so history has taught us) for a decade of full-length masterworks. As it is, "The Love Nest" evinces Keaton's deft hand at composition, narrative structure and timing, timing, timing. Granted, one scene in which Buster rolls his eyes is a bit much. From any other comedian, such a move would be par for the course; for Keaton, it's atypical and arch. But even the great are allowed to falter from time to time.