As of 2017, one of only three films since the advent of the Best Screenplay Adapted from Another Medium Oscar to win the award without receiving a Best Picture nomination as well. The first was The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), the second was Sling Blade (1996). See more »
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She was ugly when I brought her. I not like her. Mr. Jimmy not like her. Better you indicate, Mr. David.
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From the opening credits to the (mostly) predictable climax, Bill Condon's
film is a technical masterpiece and an excellent bit of arthouse fodder to
The title, which comes from James Whale's classic film Bride Of
Frankenstein, refers to the gods and monsters living in our lives and
vicariously in our close associates' lives.
Condon has done a remarkable job editing in flashbacks, and the sketchy
oblique, often contrasted shots pay great homage to Whale's early Universal
The story is a simple one: James Whale (Ian MacKellan), famed director, has
had a stroke and is slowly dying. He is a lonely man in need of
companionship and inner peace. He tries to find this solace in Clay Boone
(Brendan Fraser, in a rare serious role), his yardman. The blossoming
relationship between the two is the plot focus of the film.
Carter Burwell's score is wonderful as always, and Lynn Redgrave's role as
Whale's housemaid is superbly put on. A great movie for any fans of the late
Whale, or anyone looking for a true human drama.
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