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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...
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…
For what we are about to see next, we must enter quietly into the realm of genius.
-Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
For me, the reason Young Frankenstein rises above all spoofs that came before it and after is because it's much more then just a spoof film. Instead of making fun of it's inspirations, mainly Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, it pays loving homage to them in the form of a comedy.
There is no other word to describe the main cast other then perfection. Everyone in the film is funny and at the top of their game. People like Marty Feldman are still hilarious even if he's just standing in the background with no lines. Just examine what he's doing…
I'm filing Young Frankenstein under 'I started watching it when I was younger but didn't finish it for some reason and I'm obviously a knob for not finishing it because it's effing fabulous'.
There are a number of reasons why Young Frankenstein is such a completely splendid film and I think several of them remain overlooked. Sure, its downright silliness, brilliant performances and just sheer number of belly laughs are integral to it being easily one of the funniest films that I've ever seen, but its other strengths not only improve those aforementioned elements but also lay bare the reasons why so many, if not all, modern spoofs just do not get it.
Most integral of all is the fact…
Performances : 8.5/10
Story : 9.5/10
Production : 8.7/10
Overall : 8.9/10
One of those rare films that gets better every time you watch it.
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…
Today's sub-Zucker parody movies could learn from this film how important it is to love, and be good at emulating, what you're parodying. That Young Frankenstein really looks and feels like an old Universal horror movie is such a huge part of why it works.
Masterful Mel Brooks comedy that is quite funny, especially if you're familiar with the source material. A little more subtle than many of his later movies, but in a good way, and filmed in glorious black-and-white. A lot of witty dialogue and plays on words that could be just dumb, but I think they're hilarious. Gene Wilder is at his gentlemanly best, and the supporting cast is just as fine.
Hard to appreciate a film like this so long after it was released, as all the good jokes have been stolen and re-used so many times, but it's still a good watch. Marty Feldman's "what hump?" bit will always be hilarious, and Gene Wilder is the perfect mix of creepy and funny.
Young Frankenstein marked my first full fledged foray into the Mel Brooks sub genre of film spoofs. It has always been a genre that as a whole I have shied away from because of the contemporary pictures in the genre. Upon seeing the final credits roll, I realised just how ignorant I have been lo these many years of looking down on film spoofs, not only as a genre but as an entertainment.
Young Frankenstein works because it has this really profound balance of parodying the genre it`s focused on as well as having a great reverence to it which is showcased so strongly in Brooks`s direction of the picture.
Beyond the superficial and obvious point of having the picture…
While not as endlessly re-watchable as Blazing Saddles (I've perhaps seen YF too many times), this film securely cements 1974 as Brooks' finest year. It may not be "The funniest comedy of all time!" as the DVD cover proclaims, but the humor gets to share the spotlight here. The other main attraction is the painstaking recreation of 1930s Universal horror pictures, specifically Frankenstein, the superior Bride of Frankenstein, and their sequels. The look of the film is inspired, occasionally gorgeous (some credit surely belongs to cinematographer Gerald Hirschfeld for adhering to period conventions), and the use of the original Frankenstein lab equipment betrays the filmmakers' reverence to their source material, as well as providing some fun sparking and snapping.…
As we've seen time and time again, anyone can make a satire or a spoof, but few can make one with loving care and genuine earnestness like Mel Brooks can. It is rather sad that this genre has basically died in the last decade or so in lieu of more cynical and crass comedies. But amidst the clamor of its successors, Young Frankenstein is a subtler film, often quiet and still, and yet perfect in timing for every joke and gag. Hopefully the next generation of comedies will eschew their fathers crassness and obscenity and "wollow in der grandwadders wootstops."
Dr. Frankenstein's grandson, after years of living down the family reputation, inherits granddad's castle and repeats the experiments.
This film is the best set-up dick joke. This film benefits greatly from its non-obtrusive direction, allowing its cast to shine. The shift in visual tone from the darker, moodier wide shots to the bright zaniness of the closer is almost a joke in itself, providing suspense not for a scare, but for a laugh.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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