The Docks of New York

The Docks of New York ★★★★

I’ve seen about 20+ silent films from the 1920’s in a 7 day span and it has been mostly a tough journey but it is films like this that makes the trip back in time rewarding. It’s refreshing to finally have a plot this simple not to be stretched out to a 2 hour or 3 hour film like what most 1920’s films do. 

This wouldn’t have worked without the performances from Betty Compson and George Bancroft. Even though it’s a silent film, their acting speaks more volume than words. The chemistry between the two is cute which makes the romance feel real. They both have this carefree demeanor to them that their characters feel authentic and not over the top. Betty Compson as Mae is absolutely gorgeous and her lines(title cards) are witty which adds to her melancholic personality. George’s character Bill is an absolute tank filled with masculinity (literally & metaphorically) and each fight he picks is reasonable. I love how he just walks through a crowd so apathetically pushing people out of his way. His outlook on life is seriously admirable. I mean, he literally quits his job, jumps off the boat and swims his way back to the docks to be with his hunny again without saying a word. He’s a legend in my book. All he cares about is two things: living life in the moment and Mae. 

If you are looking for a solid romance flick with two great performances that keeps it simple and relatable then this is it. It’s beautifully shot. It has side characters that are fun. Locations and settings that fits the mood. A lighthearted story about cute romance that feels realistic. I have to say this is favorite film of the 1920’s so far and I can totally see myself returning to this with my girlfriend. Call me lame for my pun but this was smooooooth sailing right off the dock...I’ll leave now.

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