The Navigator (1924)
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Critic Reviews for The Navigator
an amusing Buster Keaton comedy-hardly one of his best, but one that certainly has more than its share of pleasures
If this one isn't quite up to the high standards of many of the other Keaton titles of the period, it's still a worthy achievement.
One of Keaton's best and most beloved films, The Navigator (1924) is, in many ways, a direct precursor to his masterpiece, The General (1926), in its themes of man versus machine.
The Navigator is a memorable and entertaining comedy exploring reliance on having everything done for you, and the struggles that come with being forced to take care of yourself.
THE NAVIGATOR is a text-book example on how to execute slapstick and sight gags. I would say that this film, even more so than THE GENERAL, is a perfect introduction to the films of Buster Keaton.
Audience Reviews for The Navigator
Another fabulous Buster Keaton comedy, just funny with a lot of creative sight gags. The film is just hilarious and a lot of fun to watch. It deals with these two rich "kids" that end up stranded together on an abandoned ship. As these two have never had to fend for themselves and have always had someone to do everything for them, when they try to do something as simple as cooking breakfast, boiling eggs, opening cans, etc, the results are hilarious. It really shows spoiled these two really are. Of course, after a couple of weeks, the couple are quite good at taking care of themselves quickly and efficiently. Another thing I liked is that the woman in this movie, played by Kathryn McGuire, actually got a large number of the laughs instead of just being a damsel in distress for Buster's character to save. I mean, she still has to be saved, but she's really entertaining and it was certainly surprising to see considering the, I'm sure, amount of sexism that must've permeated in films at this point. As always I found the gags to be very creative like, in the underwater scene, Buster taken and posting a sign that said 'Men at Work' and trying to wash his hands underwater. There's also the scene when Buster and Kathryn are trying to sleep at night that's really funny. This and the underwater scene are the definite comedic highlights of the film, just hilarious stuff. And the climax, with the cannibals, isn't as strong as the rest of the film but it is still strong and entertaining. Perhaps I was spoiled by the absolute insanity of the chase sequence in Seven Chances, but this was still a very entertaining climax. I love Buster Keaton...can you tell? Anyway, after the events of this week, with the Boston Bombing, the shooting at MIT and the explosion in Waco, this is the type of movie that you should watch if you've had a down week. Just another wonderful Buster Keaton film.
A millionaire and his love interest get stranded on an ocean liner. There are some chuckles in this slapstick, silent comedy, and Buster Keaton once again proves himself a master of the young medium. Though there aren't many moments like the amazing stunts of College and The General, Keaton prat falls his way through the shifting ship and an underwater sequence. The film didn't show its antiquity until the "cannibals" appear. Black natives attack Keaton's character, and I was again found myself wishing that Keaton's films were more progressive than their times, just as I did with The General. The portrayal of black characters leaves much to be desired, and it ruined the film for me. Overall, this isn't as well made as Keaton's other films, and the outdated views of minorities made the film more difficult to enjoy.
Keaton and a girl are trapped on a ship together and try to find a way back to land, most of this movie is really hilarious, but there are some slow parts.
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