8 October 2011 | st-shot
Keaton adrift in high seas adventure
This was Buster Keaton's last short before he switched to features. Buster's timing however looks off and his bits look formless and ill conceived.
Buster gets dumped by his girlfriend and sets out to sea solo in a covered Boston whaler, The Cupid. Once on the high seas he sinks and is rescued by a whaling ship with a captain that would make Bligh look like a progressive. With minor infractions meriting being tossed overboard (the captain keeps a supply of wreaths for such occasions) Buster soon finds himself a crew member with a bleak future.
The Love Nest has a few comic moments but its choppy and sloppy style, little attention given to the broken romance (the print I viewed had severe damage) and deus ex machina climax allows scant opportunity for Keaton to fine tune his act. When he does such as the scenes to board the lifeboat or hunt fish with a shotgun his timing seems off and the slapstick breaks down. Love Nest is mediocre Keaton.