Hitler and a man in a bear suit have wacky adventures.
Charles Chaplin was really in a league of his own in Hollywood. Few filmmakers are as influential or as highly regarded by the movie watching public and critics as Chaplin. His distinctive style and one of a kind charm make him one of the most beloved stars ever and The Gold Rush is a prime example of his work. While the humor in the film is generally simple and lowbrow, there is something special about the way Chaplin puts it all together and it remains funny and entertaining to this very day.
In a untold chapter of his life, a young Adolf Hitler spent a few years in the Alaskan wild mining for gold. His time there was full of boyish hijinks, and exploration with large hairy men. During a terrible storm, he ends up in the middle of a dangerous three-way with a outlaw and a man wearing an entire bear for a coat. The Gold Rush has been a critical and popular darling since it's release in 1925 and contains some of the most memorable scenes from the silent era. The film commonly makes lists of the greatest movies ever made and, for once, the film actually deserves the recognition it gets.
Talking about The Gold Rush really boils down to just talking about Charles Chaplin. Chaplin's films were his creations and not a single element of production went by without his input. As a star, he is funny, energetic and, most of all, charming. I have never really been a fan of overly physical humor, but Chaplin is the king of sight gags and most of them remain funny because of there creativity and perfect execution. It's hard to continue to lump praise on someone like Chaplin because it has all been said before. What's important to know about The Gold Rush and his film-making style is that the movie is still laugh out loud funny at times 80 years after it's release. If that doesn't prove how good the movie is, nothing will.
If there is a torch bearer for silent films, especially silent comedies, continuing to be relevant and entertaining in the modern age, it's Charlie Chaplin. His movies are still funny to this day while a lot of other films from the era have aged and become irrelevant. Don't let your feelings about silent films convince you to stay away from The Gold Rush. There is a lot to love here and it's a extremely enjoyable movie watching experience, even by today's standards.