A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
The scariest comedy of all time!
A young neurosurgeon (Gene Wilder) inherits the castle of his grandfather, the famous Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. In the castle he finds a funny hunchback called Igor, a pretty lab assistant named Inga and the old housekeeper, Frau Blucher. Young Frankenstein believes that the work of his grandfather was delusional, but when he discovers the book where the mad doctor described his reanimation experiment, he suddenly changes his mind...
I stand by that all great comedy comes down to playing with your expectations. This is part of the reason why Mel Brooks has always been my favorite comedian. He plays with genre tropes like a fine violin of comedy, tricking those expecting one thing, and then taking them to another form of realty when we least expect it.
"Young Frankenstein" has always been one of my favorites from him, or hell, just in general, for about a few years now. Yet it wasn't until now that I recognize this as not only a great comedy, but a genuine masterpiece from Brooks and crew.
From the very opening, a slow pan in shot of a beautifully painted background of the…
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“Stay close to the candles. The stairway can be...treacherous.”
Picture it: A dark and shadowy castle, Gothic and candlelit. Cobwebs and cobblestones. The sky is heavy with clouds, yet the moon glows ominously. Perhaps it is raining—at the very least, it is damp and dank. The castle contains multitudinous passageways—staircases, hidden hallways, secret lairs. Every room is cavernous, yet the shadows press down, suffocating the space. Large, ominous portraits hang on the walls, their eyes seeming to follow the inhabitants.
You can see it in your mind, can’t you? Your image and mine are essentially the same. It wouldn’t always have been that way. A given set of words can conjure only so many images, to be…
One of the best comedies ever made. It's that simple.
All these modern 'movie spoofs' can learn a thing or two from this film. Parody is a powerful thing when done right.
The only downside of this film is that it always makes me remember how much I miss Wilder's comedic genius.
His and old fish eyes' of course.
Even though Young Frankenstein is one of my mom and stepdad's favorite movies (and one of the few movies they actually have on DVD), I have somehow managed not to see it until now!
The entire cast was fantastic although it was a bit hard not to notice that the female characters had to be so hypersexual and not quite as well-written, with almost all of the jokes surrounding their characters referring to sex. Maybe it can just be chocked up to the sexual exploration of the 1970s and the fact that the female comic wasn't taken quite as seriously yet (some would argue they're still not taken very seriously as compliments for women in comedy usually range from "she's…
Often quoted as Mel Brooks' masterpiece, Young Frankenstein is not only a love letter to the horror genre, but a love letter to cinema itself. Reconstructing Mary Shelley's novel, Mel Brooks creates a story around Frankenstein's grandson, who ends up taking the same course of his ancestor when he repeats his grandad's experience after discovering his instruction manual.
Young Frankenstein is composed of a chilling beauty, it's pure expressionism. As a tribute to the German Expressionist movement—something that is immediately felt through Gerald Hirschfeld's cinematography—Mel Brooks provides us another genius comedy that ridicules its source material (be it Mary Shelley's novel or Whale's film) & that happens to be hilarious.
Comparing to Spaceballs (which was the last movie I saw from…
Few things have ever been funnier than young Gene Wilder shouting. (I imagine it would be considerably less amusing if he were shouting today, though he could probably put together a fantastic "get off my lawn" .gif.) But the film's genius is how seriously it takes everything except the jokes, faithfully replicating the look of Universal's '30s horror and constructing a credible narrative framework that serves to heighten the absurdity. Wilder's opening lecture, for example, could pass for the real thing if you selectively removed all the funny bits, which is precisely what makes them so funny. (Though even then you'd still get his magnificent delivery: "We would collapse. Like a bunch. Of broccoli!") And Brooks' borscht-belt instincts are…
Sigh. It's still funny but just isn't as entertaining to me as it once was. I have no soul. Sorry Mel.
Simply hilarious throughout and including another great musical number in a Mel Brooks joint. But what really makes Young Frankenstein standout is its dedication to not merely looking like a Universal monster movie, but actually being one. The sets, the shots, the score, everything feels, acts, and looks like the genre being parodied. It's absolutely exceptional.
A loveletter to James Whale's 1931 classic, Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder's creation is as classic a comedy as the former is a seminal work of early Horror. The sets, the costumes, the painted backdrops and fog, all of the visual elements are harmoniously balanced with the cast that inhabit each scene. Marty Feldman plays to the audience, breaking the fourth wall and riffing with crackling energy, Madeline Khan, Teri Garr and Cloris Leachman are exceptional in their roles and Peter Boyle just steals my heart.
This was Brooks and Wilder at the top of their respective games. While the occasional pun fails to stir a titter, the countless dozens of others hit me hard every time. Whether it's Feldman's introduction, Kenneth Mars' Inspector playing darts, Wilder and Boyle's Puttin' on the Ritz or... well... pretty much everything, Young Frankenstein is a classic comedy.
July 2016 Scavenger Hunt | Film #17, Task #10
A movie set in a fictional country or city.
Ugh, I love Gene Wilder so much.
I was probably at a disadvantage going in to Young Frankenstein because I wasn't brought up on schlocky 30s horror and most of the information I've gathered on Frankenstein has been from various pop culture (but let's face it, mostly Simpsons) parody, so a lot of the genre-specific jokes were never likely to thrill me as much as others. That being said, there are a load of big laughs in this and Gene Wilder's wonderful. Highlight of the film was probably the extended Gene Hackman cameo scene though, some top tier Monty Python-style shit right there.
Mel brooks is one of my favorite directors of all time. This movie not only my favorite of his films but one of my favorite films. Ever.
Every time I have watched this movie I find a new joke or one that I forgot about, and I can almost quote this move word for word.
This is one of the movies that I make sure that everyone of my friends.
This is parody done right.
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Absolutely hilarious. Every joke hit as hard as it probably did back then. I was in stitches the entire movie. Mel Brooks is a comedy master, and the delivery from every actor was fantastic.
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…