What is more, there are a couple of sequences in the film that are actually funny. At one point, for example, while the boat spins round and round in the water, repeatedly capsizing and righting itself, Keaton runs around its interior like a hamster in his wheel. The sight of him doing so really is hilarious. In addition to this scene, there are a couple of other moments in the film that are also humorous, as when, thinking that he and his family are doomed after their boat has sunk, the protagonist prepares to die, only to realize that they have drifted into water that is only a few feet deep. While neither these nor any of the film's other sequences are particularly clever, most are amusing and a few are able to make the viewer laugh. The Boat is, consequently, a pleasure to watch.
Nevertheless, if the moviegoer is determined to approach the film as though it were a cinematic classic simply because it was made by Keaton, believing that, for this reason, it must have been realized with some remarkable aesthetic sensitivity, he will either be greatly disappointed by the goofy, slapstick routines with which he is actually presented or will be forced to pretend that these have merits which they actually lack. Happily, that viewer who can rid himself of such foolish preconceptions and approach the film for what it is, silly, lowbrow fun, is very likely to enjoy The Boat. The movie is certainly not a work of art, but it is entertaining.
Review by Keith Allen
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