Recreation (1914)


Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Jun 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A tramp just strolling in the park meets a girl who sits down next to him

My Take on it – I have always been a fan of Charlie Chaplin’s slapstick humor and this film is a perfect example of his comic genius, unfortunately, it’s also an example of how there really isn’t much need for a story if you hit people all the time over the head with bricks.

Many of the slapstick jokes used here are reused and rehashed in numerous Chaplin films that were made later on, but they are still funny no matter how many times one watches them.

The brick throwing incidents might be a bit too harsh and violent, but done properly by Chaplin, it can really illicit a laugh instead of a scream of anger.

This is the kind of film that works if you just want a short and funny film where the story is pretty much non-existent.

Bottom Line – Another funny Chaplin film that doesn’t have a clear cut storyline to make it even more interesting. Many of the slapstick jokes used here are rehashed in Chaplin’s later films. The brick throwing incidents are quite humorous despite being a bit too harsh.  Works if you are seeking a fun and short slapstick film, but there isn’t much else here to be offered to us.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Released as a split reel along with the documentary The Yosemite (1914).  (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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