Eh, I'm not as high on this one as you guys. I suppose the storytelling is alright, minus the quick ending, but the humor lacks in areas. I guess the whole romantic angle just doesn't work for me. Lacks the emotional depth of Chaplin and Lloyd combined with their humor. Some of the gags are cute, I suppose, like how Arbuckle way of getting his girl's ring size, but there's just too much hide and seek running around stuff, and I just never found the rivalry with Jack Coogan to be all that engaging. There really aren't many great gags to tell a story, to be frank, something Keaton solo has plenty to offer.
I like Arbuckle, but really Keaton is the superior comedian. Just the way he pantomimes while oiling the horse's shoes at the beginning shows great work and the fall he takes onto Arbuckle as he's thrown off the horse is fantastic stuff. The latter Arbuckle shorts tend to show more maturity, and while the pacing of THE HAYSEED is mature, I just never could grab onto the story or get into this minus the wonderful outdoor picture scenery (common in silent film), and the occasional great falls. Nothing particularly terrible, just not great. A blah review for a just OK film, but I don't have much to say. The final Arbuckle is much better, more memorable gags and less cutesy romance, yet the storytelling quality remains.