tirsdag 6. november 2012

"Runaway Groom"


Year: 1925
Country: United States
Language: Silent
Number: 25
Director: Buster Keaton
Starring: Buster Keaton, T. Roy Barnes, Snitz Edwards, Ruth Dwyer

Buster Keaton's Seven Chances is another of his masterly crafted comedies, that really makes people laugh, and that are timeless. Slapstick humor on it's best. While Chaplin enchanted us with his charm, Keaton gave us adventures that blew us away and where the slapstick is more in focus. In Seven Chances we follow the young business man, Jimmie Shannon (Keaton) whom together with his partner Billy is about to go bankrupted unless they come up with some money, but one day Jimmie receive a letter from his deceased uncle, who gives him 7 million dollars, only if he marries before his 27th birthday, 7 O'clock. The only problem is that he's birthday is on the very same day, and they only have few hours to find him a bride, after he's girl friend declined his proposal when she found out he only did it for the money.

Seven Chances is a quiet entertaining slapstick comedy, with a lot of laugh out loud moments, and fantastic and exhilarating stunts, like with the amazing scene where Keaton is running away from a bunch of big rolling rocks following him. And I must not forget the funniest part when Billy is publishing an article in the afternoon paper that Jimmie needs a bride. And of course hundreds of women have showed up, and Keaton has to run for his life. I hope for god sake this picture remains unspoiled, and that Adam Sandler keeps his dirty paws away from this concept, and don't ruin it like he did with "Mr. Deed" and "Just go for it", and I just get the chills of thinking about one hundred transvestites played by Sandler running after Sandler. Every body knows now these days, that all you need is marrying a Las Vegas stripper. So this movie wouldn't have worked to day at all, so that's a relief. Thumbs up.

Grade: A-

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TSorensen sa...

Do not forget the scenes where Keaton desperately asks every woman (and a few who are not) if they will marry him. This is deadpan at its best.

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