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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...
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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…
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…
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…
Hasta siempre, Herr Doktor.
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…
Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks were at the top of their comedic careers when they made this gem. Obviously this movie is hilarious but it is also really well directed and the cast is perfect.
One of the best horror comedies I have ever seen. It has plenty of humorous references to films in the 50s and the 60s and sexual jokes. They were executed well. This film is 1000 times better than other "horror comedy" films being released nowadays such as Scary Movie and more. Filmmakers should look back to Young Frankenstein and learn how to make a proper horror comedy this time.
The casting is brilliant. Marty Feldman absolutely nailed the performance as being Igor. Definitely one of the funniest looking and silly actors I have seen in a while. Thanks for the laughs.
3 1/2 stars - "Very good"
Gene Wilder and Teri Garr are such perfection in this! 😂
Parady done so, so well.
My sister says it's bad because it's old and in black and white. Help.
Halloween 2016 nr3
Madeline Kahn is absolutely hysterical!
A rewatch after Gene Wilder's passing. Always great.
Stone cold classic. Watching this and Blazing Saddles again in such close proximity makes me want to pit them against each other, but really it just shows how much I miss this type of comedy. They have recreated what they are parodying so well that it makes the comedy land even more instead of just relying on those familiar images to do the work.
The cinematic equivalent to a "yummy sound". The slow Gene Wilder escalation into overwhelming madness is genius and this is probably the best showcase for it.
I wanted to say something I know I already say a lot, but I feel like now is the best…