Sherlock Jr.


Action / Comedy / Romance

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Buster Keaton as Projectionist / Sherlock, Jr.
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381.25 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
12 hr 0 min
P/S 0 / 9
731.71 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
12 hr 0 min
P/S 2 / 19

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Reviewed by MartinHafer8 / 10

one of Keaton's better full-length (?) films

The above "?" was inserted because this film isn't exactly full-length or a short--it runs at about 44 minutes. I would have to say it was very enjoyable and fun--better than most comedies of the 20s, though not as good as Keaton's very best films (such as OUR HOSPITALITY, THE GENERAL or STEAMBOAT BILL, Jr.).

A word of caution, though, about seeing this film. The videotape version by Kino Films, frankly, sucks. This isn't a word I have often used in describing any film, but it really irritated me that the musical accompaniment on the tape was so bad and so inappropriate. Modern instruments are used and the tempo is way too fast for the film. It was a major distraction--so bad that I had to turn off the sound after a while so I could enjoy the film! On to the film itself--Keaton works at a movie theater AND wants to be a detective. The detective aspect of the film at the beginning didn't work all that well compared to the rest of the film, though a few times it did offer some laughs (such as when the book recommended trailing the suspect--Buster walked only about a foot behind him and followed him move for move!). Instead, what really worked well was when he was the projectionist and fell asleep. Then a surreal dream sequence began and was very creative (and highly reminiscent of Woody Allen's PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO). Buster walked to the movie screen and literally walked into the film! This was done, for 1924, exceptionally well. Then when he became the movie detective, the film hit its stride.

The movie gets very high marks for creativity and pacing. Give it a watch,...with the sound turned WAY DOWN!

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird10 / 10

Footage of laughter, romance and technical audaciousness

Am somebody who likes humour with wit and sophistication when it comes to comedy (that's why so many pre-1970 comedy appeals a lot to me),while appreciating comedies with a broader style providing it doesn't become too vulgar and the risque kind. Have found though that in recent years that there has been those that are very juvenile, crude and even puerile to the point of offensiveness, which is as one may have guessed appeals to me far less.

There are many fine examples of silent film comedy, with Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy though in both cases it wasn't the case of finding their feet immediately. In both cases the early stuff was fairly hit and miss, but when they did settle their best work was classic. And of course Buster Keaton, who didn't transition as well or smoothly into the sound era (whereas Chaplin made some of his best work in it) but when he was in his prime there was nobody back then, when it came to comedy, more daring in terms of the jaw-dropping stunt-work, or who was able to make deadpan funny and expressive, and actually it is still like that now. Keaton wasn't nicknamed "The Great Stone Face" for nothing, and in my mind he was every bit as funny and easy to like as Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy, while also being a bigger risk taker, having bolder material physically and his films being technically in his prime period superior. The reasons for the comparisons being because they were all geniuses in comedy, who started their careers around the same time, a lot of the comedy was physical rather than verbal and their prime periods were in roughly the same time period.

'Sherlock Jr' is another one of Keaton's finest, an achievement in pretty much every way. On a technical level, it is one of his most audacious and best-looking along with the slightly more ground-breaking on this front 'The General'. Again, it is beautifully shot and designed and the effects and how they're used stand out, it should be used as an example of how to have effects that still look good and like a lot of effort and care went into them and also use them properly, rather than overusing and abusing them to gratuitous effect with varied at best success as seen frequently now. Films today should learn from this film and the best of Keaton, they really are an example to all in many senses. The direction keeps things moving with control, progressing gradually and always assuredly, and balances everything beautifully.

When it comes to the humour, 'Sherlock Jr' is one of Keaton's funniest and most inventive, chockful of hilarious moments timed to absolute perfection. While none of the stunts are quite on the same level of awe-inspiring as for example the climax of 'Steamboat Bill, Jr', they are still incredibly daring. Also found myself surprisingly educated, which makes this film one of Keaton's more interesting films, in learning the trade tricks in editing and effects and some of the most genius use of back projection (often done cheaply and obviously, but inventively done here).

Like 'The General' and 'Steamboat Bill, Jr' it is really great to have a story with brains, heart and logic, treating the audience with respect and there is never any trouble following it. In terms of structure it stands out too when it comes to the story elements in Keaton's films and is one of the most interesting. The romantic element that features heavily here is done with more charm and pathos than most comedy when balanced with romance, without being too sentimental or soap-operatic, never does it slow the film down either. As to be expected, Keaton as to be expected is superb here, not only is his comic timing on point but he once again provides a character that's endearing and worth rooting for. His physicality and how he copes with the stunts is awe-inspiring and he is one of not many to make deadpan interesting and entertaining because he still makes it very expressive and nuanced. Don't overlook the rest of the cast though, they may not have as much to do but they are also amusing and charming.

In summary, one of the Keaton essentials. 10/10

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle9 / 10

Silent era classics

A meek projectionist (Buster Keaton) is studying to be a detective. He and The Local Sheik (Ward Crane) are competing for The Girl (Kathryn McGuire). The Sheik steals her father (Joe Keaton)'s watch and pawns it to buy expensive chocolate for her. He leaves the pawn ticket in the projectionist's pocket and The Girl's Father finds it. He banishes the Projectionist from his home. The Girl discovers that The Sheik is actually the one who pawned her father's watch. As the projectionist sleeps, he dreams himself walking onto the movie screen where he is Sherlock Jr.

Watching Buster Keaton on the movie screen inside the movie is quite compelling even today. The sequence of him bumbling from one scene to the next is absolutely spellbinding. It is something new and sets this apart. The movie world becomes a playground for Keaton and lots of trick photography. He performs some of his amazing stunts and is certainly one of the silent era classics.

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