The cartoon-like aspects of some ( repeat, some ) of the film make much of the parodying rather stereotyped - in particular, as the film was made during the war and necessarily serves, at least to some extent, as allied propoganda. But much of these most cartoon-like scenes are genuinely funny, even clever ; and the exhaltation of the kinder, "human" aspects of Man's Spirit, including the love we can and should have for one another if only we wish it, is not only touching and well carried-off ; it also reminds us of a vital message, too often forgotten, for all Humankind. The last scene of Chaplin appealing for another, better way is artistically forceful and really quite moving ; one of the best scenes in all of film history ( in my humble opinion ), almost Shakespearean in its power and its significance. The combination of comedy ( even slapstick ) and moral philosophy works, at times almost brilliantly, even if the film may today come across as a little dated and from another time. It is, therefore, a definite "Comedy Classic", and essential viewing . . . but is definitely NOT a film to be watched quite as lightly, or as even as easily, as some might think.