Young Frankenstein Review
Synopsis:An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.
Young Frankenstein (1974) is a 1h 46-min American horror comedy film that had an estimated budget of $2.7 million and grossed over $86 million at the box office. Director Mel Brooks (Spaceballs (1987), Blazing Saddles (1974), History of the World: Part I (1981)) did an average job capturing this film from the right angles, but the brilliant screenplay saved this movie from flopping. The film contains sexual content, sexual language, violence, suspense, intense moments, comedy, thrills and religious exclamations.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder - Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), Blazing Saddles (1974), The Producers (1967)) works at the American medical school and is engaged to Elizabeth. Frederick great-grandfather died and left him the family’s estate in Transylvania. Frederick went to Europe to inspect his family’s estate/property and met the family’s servant Igor (Marty Feldman - The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977), Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982), Educating Archie (1958-1959)) at the Transylvania train station. Igor who is hunchbacked and has bug-eyes brought along personal assistant Inga (Teri Garr - Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Tootsie (1982), Dumb & Dumber (1994)) who is beautiful and young.
Frederick met the housekeeper, Frau Blucher (Cloris Leachman - The Croods (2013), The Iron Giant (1999), Castle in the Sky (1986)) whose name when heard by the horse causes them to act crazy, neighs loudly and appeared to be frightened. Frederick discovered a secret entrance to his grandfather’s laboratory and read his journals which awoken something in Frederick leading him to continue his grandfather’s experiments in re-animating the dead. He and Igor began working together and stealing bodies/body parts from deceased people. Inspector Kemp (Kenneth Mars - The Little Mermaid (1989), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), What’s Up, Doc? (1972)) is a one-eyed police officer who is not happy that Frederick is continuing his grandfather’s work/experiment.
Gene Wilder did a fantastic job playing Dr. Frederick Frankenstein with his different emotions from being stable to a crazed out scientist. Marty Feldman who played Igor was the funniest character that made us laugh constantly, but I cannot get over his bulging eyes. William Tuttle did a fantastic job with the monster makeup that was not scary but had a certain feel to it that made you feel sympathy for it and cannot help liking it. The other characters gave us okay performances. There was no distinctive visual style where I did not find some shots/scenes interesting because of the camera angle used. Young Frankenstein was a hit or miss with its audience, and it was a hit for me resulting in a score of seven.
About Young Frankenstein (1974)
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Writers: Gene Wilder, Mel Brooks, Mary Shelley
Director: Mel Brooks