Like almost all of Keaton’s works – this one ends with a bang—spectacular set pieces and a wild chase
The very first sequence as is strong well- seasons changing in front of the house as Keaton’s character procrastinates marriage and the little puppy grows into a laughably massive dog
The plot is ludicrous—haha— apparently Keaton hated it. He’s in financial trouble for some scam and if he marries by 7pm he gets 7million. The idea that he created a top 5ish of the year quality film from that- pure genius
It’s not a graphic match (if someone knows please tell me) but at 12 minutes he gets into a car in one spot and there’s a clean cut and he’s stepping out at a different location. Unique- clever—well edited.
Dialogue-y early on—weak. The first half of this film has problems- walking around proposing (unsuccessfully) for a long time- gets old
At 31 minutes the film picks up—we get a perfect frame of Keaton walking up the empty steps of a church in a long shot. He sits in the first pew of an empty church (another stunner of a frame) which calls back to the theater shot in Sherlock Jr).
Again in long shot. The women file in (responding to a news add to marry him), first one, then a few, then group then droves. Hilarious. The zaniness ensues and we’re off on one of the great set-piece chases this side of The General
The scope of the extras—like the bulls in Go West– absolutely add to the film
He leaps from a cliff onto a tree that is simultaneously being cut down— then he’s spilling down a hill- Jackie Chan- realism– the focus is always on the set piece, not the actor– long shot here
Hanging from crane—like the waterfall in Our Hospitality or the street sign in Sherlock, he runs through bees, barbed wire, swimming, shot at, running jumping—another decathlon—haha- and of course- he’s an auteur, an artist- he puts his signature in—running and just avoiding getting hit by a train by a hair