The Great Dictator

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Comic genius blitzkriegs the Third Reich.

G 1940 126 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 10+

Funny and inspiring.

age 11+

Charlie does Adolf

I've made it well known on here I love Chaplin. I truly believe that he was the funniest man of his day and probably still one of if not the funniest comedian to ever live. Say what you will about his backstage drama but he delivered onscreen, and that's all that counts when it boils down to it. There are two scenes that really cemented a five star rating from me. When, as anti-Semitic dictator Hynkel, he kicks and bops an inflatable globe around, symbolizing that the world is his and he does what he pleases with it. The second is that incredible speech at the very end, that hit me like a ton of bricks. There's nothing funny about it, it's Charlie writing a letter to Hitler himself telling him to cease the devastation he brought. Chaplin's hysterical satire of the dictator helps take the sting out of the man. When you laugh at these historical villains you take away their power, so they can never truly win. I'd like to think that was Charlie's goal: curing the world with laughter.

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