The Kid ★★★½

Cute, sweet and shows many glimpses of Chaplin’s budding greatness as a filmmaker. The Kid manages to bundle together an early example of a sentimental story with some good moments of slapstick and nice shot composition. The dream sequence towards the end was the real standout for me here because it showed the larger scale that Chaplin was able to direct and act on and it all worked so fluidly and looked great considering it’s almost a century old now. The story does feel a little slight and goes for the cute factor a little too much but I don’t really have much of a problem with it, the version I watched was under an hour and, although it wasn’t anything massively emotionally impactful for me, it was a speedy and entertaining watch that’s incredible for the time period - it’s just insane that Chaplin actually improved more than this (which reminds me that I really need to rewatch City Lights and Modern Times this year at some point as well as watch The Great Dictator).