Friday Flicks: “Safety Last!”

“Friday Flicks” is an experimental feature I’m adding to my blog on …Fridays. 8)

I’ll add info on upcoming movies and other entertainment media from time to time, but the main focus will be recommending a video to watch over the weekend. Generally, I’ll be pointing you to classic flicks and “change of pace” kind of movies rather than just the latest “new releases.”

The format for this feature may change a bit over the next few weeks, but let’s go ahead and get started and we’ll work it out and have fun with it as we go…

This Friday’s Flick: “Safety Last!”

You’ve probably never seen this, but you really should see this. Harold Lloyd’s “Safety Last!” is a silent film from 1923 that works on so many levels even today. In fact, there were scenes in this movie that had my kids saying things like, “Whoa! No Way!” and literally laughing out loud along the way.

Harold Lloyd himself was an amazing individual. He was known for his “can do” spirit, and literally did not let anything stop him from achieving his goals. Before this movie was filmed, he was in a freak accident involving what he thought was a prop bomb during a publicity shoot. It turned out to be a real bomb (like in the cartoons -bowling ball with a fuse) and it blew off the thumb and forefinger of his right hand! Lloyd made “Safety Last!” (ironically) with a prosthetic hand that fit over his real hand.

I think one of the reasons I like Harold Lloyd is because he reminds me of church planters. He was up to the challenge and didn’t let obstacles get in his way! 🙂

“Safety Last” is a great example of how to tell a story visually, which is probably why audiences in this highly visual century still enjoy it so much today. And as a communicator, it’s a great reminder to me of how important and powerful visuals can be.

Watch this movie with the lights down, a big bowl of popcorn, and marveling at the fact that this was light years before CGI. They did a few camera angle tricks, but he really is that high in the air.

Find it at Netflix on disc one of the “Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection.

I think it’s an all time classic. If you watch it based on my “Friday Flicks” recommendation, by the way, I would love to hear about it! (Even if you didn’t like it.)

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