I am always pleasantly surprised and impressed by silent films and especially those of Keaton and Chaplin. Of the Chaplain films I have seen, many seem particularly political and this one was probably the most interesting to me in that regard. It reminded me a comedic approach to Metropolis at times, my favorite silent film so far.
I immediately loved the metaphor concerning the machine of industry and the cogs that make it work. Factories and most companies naturally want to get as much labor for their dime out of a worker and in a time where workers rights were not always a company’s first concern, I think he did a good job of expressing what workers might go through