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I liked "Young Frankenstein" because the actors really knew how to play the role of the person they were and they really made it believable. The setting was very creepy and eerie but yet it fit so well. The clothes were good for the parts everybody was playing; they weren't out of the time they were setting it in. My favorite characters were Gene Wilder as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein and Marty Feldman as Igor. This is a good movie to watch when you're bored or on a rainy day. It's funny for everybody. My favorite part is when Dr. Frankenstein is finally showing all of the towns people the monster and the monster and Dr. Frankenstein start dancing and singing and making noises. They added a nice part where every time somebody says Frau Blücher the horses would neigh. I would recommend this movie to anybody it is a fantastic movie and I think everybody should watch it at least one in their life . This movie is one of my all time favorites, and I hope everybody likes it too.
Some people call Mel Brooks disrespectful because he chooses to spoof
great classics. Some call him a genius because each of his spoof movies
have actually inflated the popularity of the original. Whatever you
think about him, you just cannot ignore his style of film-making and
his great observational skills. It is an accepted fact that in order to
truly enjoy spoofs, one has to watch the original movie first. But in
case of Mel Brooks, his spoof movies can be viewed individually and
they have their own comic impact. Young Frankenstein is one such work
of Brooks which many consider his best. Young Frankenstein is a tribute
to the Frankenstein movies from 1930 onwards. Character names have been
changed but any one who has seen the original can identify the
character. The movie has also been entirely shot in Black & White to
give that 1930's feel. The movie has it's comic moments consistently
and it keeps the viewer n splits. Mel Brook's observational quality has
helped him to take notice of small things in the original and spoof
them that others wouldn't have noticed.
On the acting front, all actors have imitated the acting of the Black & White era, trying to over-dramatize things which adds to the comic quotient. Gene Wilder who is also the co-writer looks like a man possessed when he carries out his part. Whatever people say about spoofs, if it is done convincingly, it can be considered a great piece of cinema. I liked this movie and that is what matters to me.
Rating : 8/10
When compared to Mel Brooks' earlier works, "The Producers" to name one, this movie strikes me as pretty conventional. It's about what you'd expect a Frankenstein parody to be like, but there's little else to say about it. I don't know what exactly I was expecting, but the movie feels like it misses a true edge. It doesn't really have a new "Springtime For Hitler", let alone a new well, pretty much every scene from "Blazing Saddles". Apart from the tedious first fifteen minutes, it's not at all bad though. Gene Wilder is always brilliant, but especially Marty Feldman as Igor (or is it Aye-Gor?) steals every scene he's in. It's just a shame that the material isn't a bit more clever, as most of the jokes are obvious and predictable. Oh well, we'll always have the monster's dance scene.
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I love Madeline Kahn, I love Marty Feldman, Gene Wilder. Then, there's
Teri Garr, Peter Boyle and Cloris Leachman. I love 'em all. Every time
I see this movie, there is something that I find to delight over that I
may have overlooked.
Madeline Kahn singing 'Oh, sweet mystery of life' after being 'taken' by the monster is one of the funniest things I've ever seen in a movie. I love Wilder's turnabout when he's in the locked room with the monster, screaming to be let out. Marty Feldman doesn't even have to say anything to be funny but when he does, it's priceless - 'What hump?'.
You could almost do a 'Rocky Horror' participation with this movie as so many lines are memorable.
The only thing I would gripe about is sometimes Wilder's histrionics can go a little too long and become tedious which is a shame because he is so good at subtlety and has a natural laid back personality.
This is one of those movies like Victor/Victoria which I wish I could have been a stagehand just to be around the fun. How do these excellent performers go on with their lives after having what must have been a blast followed by a letdown when it was over?
i liked this film a lot.there were a lot of memorable lines to be sure.i chuckled a fair amount at some of the jokes and gags.but to me,this movie works more as a monster movie.making it in black and white was a stork of genius.it made it much more authentic,just like the old monster movies of the 30's and 40's.i think it's one of the best Frankenstein movies i've seen.Gene Wilder is in great form here,as is Teri Gar.Marti Feldman is a riot.Peter Boyle is also great.and Cloris Leachman puts in another brilliant performance.and we can't forget Madeline Khan.of the first four Mel Brooks films i have just seen,this is the best one.for me,Young Frankenstein is a 7/10
In a time when the spoof movie genre has become a disease with the
infamous Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, I'm sure many concerned
people can really appreciate classic spoofs like this! Directed by
renowned comedy filmmaker Mel Brooks, with a screenplay co-written by
Brooks and Gene Wilder, 1974's "Young Frankenstein" is a spoof/homage
to the Universal horror movies of the 1930's, specifically the
"Frankenstein" ones. The movie was an absolute success, and is clearly
still very popular 35 years later. It was released over a decade before
I was born, but in recent years, I've learned about Brooks and several
of his films. Knowing this was one of the films he is best known for, I
decided to watch it this month, and it certainly wasn't what I could
call unfunny or forgettable!
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein is a teaching neurosurgeon and the grandson of Victor Frankenstein, who was famous for reanimating corpses. However, Frederick is so ashamed of his grandfather's work that he does not wish to be associated with him, and has even changed the pronunciation of his surname. One day, a solicitor comes to the neurosurgeon's classroom, and after the class is dismissed, Frankenstein is informed that he has inherited his family estate, a castle in Transylvania! After bidding farewell to his fiancée, Elizabeth, Frankenstein travels to Transylvania, where he soon meets Igor, his new hunchbacked servant. The doctor then meets Inga, who will be his new lab assistant, and Frau Blücher, another servant. During his first night in the castle, he hears mysterious violin music, and searches with Igor and Inga to find out exactly where it's coming from! During their search, Frederick discovers Victor Frankenstein's secret library and reads his journals, which suddenly changes his thoughts on reanimation! He is now determined to follow in his grandfather's footsteps and reanimate a dead body, with the assistance of Inga and Igor, but unfortunately, this is bound to lead to trouble, just like it did for Victor!
There were many times I laughed while watching this film, sometimes hard and sometimes lightly. There are some comic highlights during the classroom scene around the beginning, including Frankenstein's demonstration to the class, and especially his reaction to a student's questions about his grandfather! After that, there's the farewell scene at the train station, another comic highlight, and many more follow that one. These include the part where Dr. Frankenstein and Igor first meet (with several pronunciation jokes), the doctor and Inga trying to get through the revolving bookcase, Igor startling Frankenstein and Inga after they look at the dead skulls, and so many more, some of which I would probably be giving away too much of the story if I mentioned! Not ALL the gags are hilarious, but a good number of them are. Unlike some people, I couldn't give this a 10/10 just for the humour. Gene Wilder puts on an outstanding performance as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, and Marty Feldman (Igor), Cloris Leachman (Frau Blücher), Teri Garr (Inga), Madeline Kahn (Elizabeth), Peter Boyle (The Monster), etc. are all memorable as well. Filmed in black and white, the movie also has nice cinematography, and does a great job capturing the atmosphere of the 30's horror movies! Finally, the script was well written, and as well as the humour, there's also suspense.
Some viewers might say this horror spoof is hilarious from start to finish, maybe even the funniest movie of all time. I definitely can't say I agree with these statements, but I still laughed so many times, and the humour isn't all "Young Frankenstein" has to offer. Everything else I've mentioned about the film also helps make it what it is. It was released 35 years ago and is still popular today, so I probably haven't said anything about it that it hasn't already been praised for, and probably can't! For those who are disgusted by how low Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer have sunk the spoof genre lately, then you could find that watching a spoof movie like this, from a different era, to be somewhat of a relief! Of course, I haven't seen EVERY spoof movie from recent years, and I'm sure there are good ones I've yet to see, but I know some of the ones from the past decade or so have been lame, especially if they were made by Friedberg and Seltzer! If you're a fan of classic horror movies from the 30's and have the right sense of humour to be amused by this 1974 Mel Brooks comedy, I would say you're bound to find a lot to like!
As mentioned in my comments on Blazing Saddles, Mel Brooks' comedy
seems to be somewhat dated and lacking the speed,zing or feral
grossness that today's comedy-viewing crowd are probably used to,but
that shouldn't take away the value of his movies,which have a loony
sense of physical comedy and a spry sense of the ribald. I think you
can be of ANY age and appreciate a movie like that.
Filmed very intentionally in black-and-white and in the slow,dissolving fashion that characterized the James Whale Frankenstein movies of the thirties,the story follows Professor Frederick Frankenstein(Gene Wilder,co-writer of the film,using his more trademark manic explosiveness here),who insists on having his name FRONK-un-SHTEEN and bristles at the association with his famous grandfather,Victor Frankenstein. Upon learning that he has inherited the castle and laboratory that belonged to his Grandfather,he travels to visit it in the old country. He meets the grandson of the original henchman,Igor,pronounced EYE-gor(Marty Feldman,all bug-eyed,hunchbacked and gamest for the folly of anyone here it seems) and becomes close with the lovely townsfraulein INga(the always fetching Teri GArr). He quickly becomes obsessed with his grandfather's work,much to the delight of his grandfather's stern housekeeper Frau Blucher(Cloris Leachman),who had a hand in the work and was had a particular love interest in the late Herr Doktor. History is about to repeat itself,as the third generation Frankenstein also creates a massive hulk made out of hanged convicts(Peter Boyle,God rest his soul,who did more with no lines),who is also a powerfully strong creation who inspires fear and anger from the already suspicious locals.
My comment summary refers to the fact that I've probably seen this movie AT LEAST four times before,and first recall sitting fully through it on a NBC late summer broadcast on a Friday night in August or September,1983. I recall being very tickled by the sight-gags,verbal plays and pratfalls back then,and upon watching it very recently STILL laughing out loud at the same gags. Perhpas I was in the mood or mindset to laugh at the comic devises this time as opposed to some of the times of watched this between then and now. Whatever,all I know is that this film has an organic sense of comedy that is probably all but lost now,which is somewhat of a shame. While Mr.Brooks' work may never quite be what it used to be,the work that was IS STILL brilliant and worth adding to one's film library,particularly for those who miss older,lighter fare that has a true appreciation for film styles and genres.
Throughout the movie, Police Inspector Kemp wore his monocle OVER his patched eye! Also, it seems strange that all the villagers have English accents in Transylvania. After playing darts with Frankenstein in "Inspector Kemp's Visit" and Police Inspector Kemp leaves in his car, there are nine darts in the tires of his car; only only five were in play in the previous scene. Two were shown going through the window, one in the wall, one hit the cat and the last one went backwards. There were three darts in the front tire, three in the rear tire, two in the spare tire and one in the driver's hat. Every my friend Bob and I get together, we constantly quote our favorite lines from the movie. It's gotten so bad, he can't even enter my house without quoting the movie!
With great expectancy I waited to see this in '74. When It finally came out
I was way too busy to see it right away. Everybody who had seen it marveled
and raved. Finally, I saw it. Hmmm. It is definitely a good film. It may be
better than 'Blazing Saddles' in some film or technical way. A lot of work
was put into this along with resurrecting parts of the original Karloff
'Frankenstein' laboratory set. A nice touch! Despite whatever intentions
were meant by this film - it does not really complete itself as a 'horror'
film. I feel that this is in the wrong category - but then maybe this film
falls in-between somehow. It isn't really a drop-down-dead-funny comedy
either. But it definitely has its moments. (The book shelf bit had me
The story parallels and spoofs the original Karloff classic to a point. No surprise here. Thus, without getting detailed, the story is easy to follow and is peppered with Brook's humor - which I occasionally find to be hammy and kind of a-la-Jerry Lewis. It is paced nicely and is never boring but it is occasionally uneven. This may be caused my the brain trying to remember this is a horror film - or maybe the producer and director were trying to get us to remember. Not sure.
The acting is superb. Every cast member is great. Yes, Wilder is over the top again - but so was the original Dr. Frankenstein (Clive). Boyle is an adequate monster. Kahn is outrageous. Leachman is especially good. Garr does well. And dear old Feldman (who dyed shortly thereafter) has many shining moments. Despite the great ensemble and acting I felt very much like I was watching a spoof the whole time. There are occasional asides to the camera that break any illusion the film ever had of creating a real horror atmosphere. I guess being filmed in B&W is supposed to help instill some of the Gothic.
The camera work is right on. The background music is appropriate.
There is very little that is bad about this film. It's not as funny as it could have been but that doesn't detract from the overall entertainment value. Most people should like this film. I do and I would recommend it. But not as a HORROR film - especially as high as this has gotten on this site's list.
Mel Brooks has never been a clever humorist. While his best works, Young
Frankenstein included, are significantly above par, his misfires fall to the
level of the Zucker brothers. Thankfully, Brooks can provide gags and humor
that don't consistently insult the intelligence of the
Young Frankenstein is both formulaic and slashing. The humor is a combination of the typical slapstick and mild crassness that Brooks has supplied before, but the real gem is not in the script.
Gene Wilder is a comedian in the prototypical sense of the word. He understands his lines and his character. He also knows Brooks better than most other actors that have worked with him. Hence, he is able to wring just about everything he can from what Brooks creates. Marty Feldman is even better.
Brooks finally exercises some use of his camera as besides a stageplay apparatus. It was interesting counting all the subliminal touches he made to keep the mood similar to the original Frankenstein, but then tweaks it to his own suiting.
Overall, a good exercise in humor worth a few laughs. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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