Orson Welles once called The General “the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made.”
(Of course, Orson never saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, so we can take his words with a grain of salt.)
It really is something of a classic, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Buster Keaton, who directed and stars in the film, is one of the funniest guys I’ve ever seen. His timing and subtle facial expressions are killer. He also does all of his own stunts, which is kind of insane in this movie.
It’s quite easy to find The General on YouTube or Netflix, though I first discovered it at the public library when I was in high school. I showed my buddies, and they thought it was hilarious…My non-imaginary friends thought it was ok, too.
OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: The movie is only about an hour long, but silent movies like this are not for the faint of heart…or the heavy of eyelid. (My wife fell asleep when I tried to make her watch it with me.)
Watching the movie, you can’t help but feel sorry for this poor guy. If he’s not being rejected by his girlfriend or dodging enemy bullets, then he’s dangling off the edge of a train or accidentally shooting cannon balls at himself.
Yet, through it all, he persevered. We should do the same, minus the high-speed locomotive chases.
“Do not run faster or labor more than you have strength… but be diligent unto the end.” – Doctrine & Covenants 10:4