When I was going to watch this film on DVD for the first time, I had absolutely no idea what I was going to make of it but when I did see I thought it was a lovely, romantic and hilarious silent masterpiece! Modern Times takes you through a series of hilarious disasters regarding the factory worker's journey getting back involved in life after he ended up in prison. It is a very beautiful story on friendship and it makes it better that it's silent because I personally think it would have been crap if it was speaking. For example, it was a bit of a risk of Chaplin doing a speaking film which was called The Great Dictator but that turned out a great success. There is one scene where Chaplin does speak in the film and that's where the factory worker is asked to sing in a hall where he is working. I don't really laugh at old black-and-white films out loud but I think only Modern Times, City Lights, The Gold Rush and Some Like It Hot are the ones that have made me laugh out loud.
Charlie Chaplin brings back the Tramp character again in this film but once again the character doesn't have a proper name. He has a name in the outside world but not in the films the same character stars in. For example in City Lights he is called just 'a tramp', in The Gold Rush as 'The lone prospector' and Modern Times as 'the factory worker'. Chaplin was a director with an extremely rare talent for acting, dancing and also charm (in his personal life) because of what his abilities are. Chaplin has created my favourite character of my favourite character (if you get what I mean) because his character is the same in every silent film but has a different name.
Chaplin directs this film really well which isn't a big surprise to me because it is in the very early days of cinema and we cannot expect top notch filmmaking like we sometimes do see now. To be honest the old films are better but there are a lot of masterful new ones as well. There obviously isn't a script to it because it's a silent film but Chaplin just follows with the flow so to speak on what he wants himself to do and the rest of the cast within the motion picture.
Modern Times is one of my favourite comedy films of all time. It is and probably always will be my favourite Charlie Chaplin film of all time because it is just too beautiful and too hilarious to replace with another Chaplin. Modern Times is one of my ultimate films of all time as well as one of the best films of the 1930s. It is a film that named Charlie Chaplin one of my all time favourite actors too which probably won't make me name another Chaplin film better than Modern Times.