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TWO TARS has the reputation as being one of Laurel and Hardy's greatest silent films. My opinion is that there are a few flaws, but what's great about this film so far outweighs the flaws that I'm giving this thing a 10 anyway. The flaw, in my eyes, is that Laurel and Hardy are not quite as likable as usual. They almost take glee in the destruction they cause here, which can be witnessed by their reactions as the parade of damaged cars go by in the traffic jam. Usually, the destruction in their films comes from incompetence or justifiable anger, here it's done with joy! It's an adventure to them. OK, so Stan and Ollie are more likable, at least to me, in other movies, but they're still pretty damn funny here anyway. Oliver pantomiming to Stan how to drive is one of those beautiful moments where anybody knowing the talkies will again picture exactly what Ollie sounds like here. The facial expressions as they meet the two girls in the car are also priceless, probably the two best faces in comedy here. The girls themselves feel like props for the boys to impress and bring out their more vulgar tendencies (stealing gum balls, driving against traffic).
Ah, but there is traffic scene itself, a slapstick masterpiece. This plays out like how many ways can people destroy each other's cars. It goes on and on and never gets old. My favorite bits would be the guy getting pushed so hard into a car it cause the car to topple on its side, Stan and Ollie each taking a front tire of another car and tearing the tires off simultaneously, Ruby Blaine spraying the oil in the other woman's face, and Edgar Kennedy falling on top of the side step of his car, causing it to fall. That to me is funny because others have just caused destruction to his car, so Edgar falls in frustration, only to cause more damage himself. The cop getting involved just makes things funnier. The already mentioned line of destruction going by is quite a sight, and when the cop orders all the other cars to go after Stan and Ollie, things get even funnier. Stan and Ollie, dumb as they are, drive onto train tracks in a tunnel where a train heads in their direction. The other cars blindly follow them, and the sight of all those cars going in reverse out of the tunnel is a joy. When people say the great era of slapstick is the silent era, this is the kind of thing that's being referred to. There is some visual slapstick comedy that's so thrilling I've never seen it topped in any talkie.
There are better films for Stan and Ollie character wise, but slapstick wise, this one is one of the greats. You like traffic jams in comedy? You like slapstick? Enjoy.