Not wanting to watch this movie, I had pretty low expectations. Though it wasn’t as horrible as some other movies I’ve watched by Mel Brooks (cough cough, Blazing Saddles), it still wasn’t the greatest and didn’t really hold my attention. I liked the fact that this was about the great grandson of Dr. Frankenstein, the original creator of the monster. I also liked that it was in black and white, which isn’t normally my style. Other than that though, the there wasn’t much special to this film.
From what I remember from the original Frankenstein movie, I feel like it followed it for the most part (well the parts with the monster anyway). It has been a long time since I’ve seen it though, so I could be remembering wrong, but I'm curious as to the reason they did this. I’d assume they just wanted to make a remake without it being a true remake? The monster gets away of course and the doctor and his posse must get him back before the town goes crazy and mutiny on him. One thing I didn’t understand was Igor (played by Marty Feldman). Was he or was he not all there in the head? And what was with that recurring “joke” about his huchback? Not very funny.
One thing I don’t remember from the original Frankenstein film, is the ending. Did the monster end up dead? Young Frankenstein portrays the monster (played by Peter Boyle, I love Everybody Love’s Raymond) as someone who ends up living life normally after the fiasco in Transylvania. Dr. Frankenstein even takes the monster on a tour to show everyone his creation - this I think could have been left out of the movie. And I also didn’t understand the end scenes when they are both with their wives.
I’m going to give this film an “okay” rating. I wouldn’t watch it again, but perhaps I’ll go watch Charlie in the Chocolate Factory (even though it scares me). Rest in peace Gene Wilder.
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