I found this movie very very confusing. I did not find this movie to be racial whatsoever for the first three quarters of the film. Aside from like two characters who were so ridiculous that nobody followed anything they were saying for that part of the film. Then out of no where they start a huge riot at the local pizza place for reasons that were not at all good enough to ruin the place and get people killed over it. Maybe it is the heat from the day that made everything get exaggerated, I don't know, maybe that's it.
This movie was also very ground breaking for it's time, the time of "New Hollywood." It broke many taboos that movies before it never came close to. It was one of the first movies to break the three second kissing rule, as well as showing sex on screen which was not done before then on screen.
Another amazing thing about this movie is the filming. It is so well done and you can tell the director of photography spent a lot of time to make each and every shot count.
The lighting in this movie is also really good and adds a lot to the atmosphere of the whole movie. The acting in this movie is also really good, even though one of the main characters is killed off early, she plays a role in the best scene, the infamous shower scene.
This is the first movie I have ever seen Humphrey Bogart in and I was impressed. His nonchalant, yet bad ass attitude makes him an amazing actor to watch. He perfectly represents the United States at the time that this movie took place.
But the best thing about this movie is the writing, every sentence of dialogue is a work of art and the actors delivering them clearly respect those works of art.
But my favorite thing about this movie is Henry Fonda. This is my first time seeing a movie starring him and I must say that I am really impressed. He seems like an actor that could take on any role and be really good in it.
The biggest highlight of this movie is the scene with the stagecoach and the natives on horseback. The action in that scene was extremely well done and whoever the man was that dropped down in front of the stagecoach and in between the horses is the bravest stuntman to ever live in my opinion.
I thought the acting in this movie was very good, Clive portrays a mad scientist the way it should be portrayed, radical and misunderstood. Karloff plays the monster so believably that it is frightening.
The only problem I had with this movie were the scenes where neither the monster or Doctor Frankenstein were in them. I know that the book has a lot to do with the marriage aspect of the story but the movie shows not enough to make me care.
But, I will say this is not my favorite performance of Paul Muni. Compared to his acting in "I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang" this movie fails miserably. I just really can't believe him as an Italian mobster compared to an everyday person.
Another thing about this movie I didn't like too much was the extreme lack of character development, no one really changed throughout this movie and when they did it was extremely sudden and hard to believe.
Even though I thought this movie wasn't hilarious, I thought it was an extremely well done drama piece with a lot of impressive stunt work and the hands down best lighting work I've ever seen in a silent film.