I enjoy how Buster Keaton's gags shoot right past physics & natural law into some absurd
OtherLand of problems and solutions, none of which make sense, yet are so humorous and beguiling. Even this nautical family yarn ends in damned-if-I-know-where-ville. At times it begins to remind me of Maya Deren rather than the silent comics of his day. I suppose our job is to appreciate, and I do.
A sequel of sorts to Keaton's earlier short, ONE WEEK, THE BOAT follows the continuing misadventures of perhaps the unluckiest family of all time as they attempt to go for a simple boat ride that turns into a disaster. Keaton's deadpan humor is in top form here, relying less on elaborate set pieces as he is well timed slapstick.
Technically great short, ocean scenes were shot very realistically. But most of the film's humor consists of Buster falling from the deck to the water.
Best shot - Buster and his family slowly ascend to the see depths.
There is probably no one more unlucky and who have a worse maiden journey with a boat than Donald Duck or Buster Keaton so there is a lot of fun slapstick moments here. The 360 degree spin effect of the boat is a fantastic moment.