Review: Young Frankenstein (1974)

Mel Brooks’ masterpiece horror comic spoof Young Frankenstein has left it’s mark in the history of film with its ingenious set design and cast, and a script that has become a legendary with its riotous and unforgettable collection of one-liners. Without a doubt one of the best films in Brooks’ 65 year career, it is a must-see film for every detail of the production.

Young Frankenstein is the comedic tale of the legendary Dr Frankenstein’s grandson; a man who spent his life living down the insanity associated with his family, and how he inherits his grandfather’s castle and takes it upon himself to repeat the experiments that had been practiced so many years earlier.

With his famous witty humour and brilliant satire, Brooks raised the bar for comedy with Young Frankenstein, and created an enduring film that, forty years on, still has the ability to bring tears of laughter to the audience’s faces. Gene Wilder brings an intense yet comical madness to the character of Dr. Frankenstein, and his chemistry with Teri Garr as his assistant is perfectly executed. From her performance in this film alone, Cloris Leachman proves her endless comic ability and steals the scenes as the wacky servant for the Frankenstein house, and together with Madeline Kahn’s superb appearance as the young Frankenstein’s fiancée, the screen is lit up with an unparalleled cast.

Filmed in black and white as a means of homage to the Frankenstein films of the 1930s, it is an intentionally melodramatically styled film yet is contrasted by the timeless humour and charming characters. A brilliant and hilarious viewing for the young at heart, it is, undoubtedly, one of the greatest comedies of the 20th century.

Rating: ★★★★

I’m starting back at school soon so I’ll be quite busy over the next few months but I’ll try to post as often as possible! Until then, I hope you all have a lovely day and good luck to those of you returning to work. And to everyone who reads my posts, it means a lot to me, so thank you!

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3 Responses to Review: Young Frankenstein (1974)

  1. geelw says:

    Nice review! I still recall seeing this with a friend who’d NEVER seen the 1931 film and thus, he didn’t get all the jokes. Of course, when he finally saw the movie along with The Bride of Frankenstein, he was laughing through them because he was thinking of Young Frankenstein first and foremost. Oops!

    Best of luck in school – we need more young film fans like you to guide movie appreciation into the future. Hmmmm… that’s quite a burden I just dropped in your lap, huh? Eh, I think not – your work is appreciated here!

  2. Great stuff! Its definitely my favourite ever Mel Brooks film 🙂

  3. movierob says:

    this is also one of my favorite Mel Brooks movies, but nothing tops Spaceballs in my book
    great review
    good luck in school!

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