Young Frankenstein (1974)
Critic Consensus: Made with obvious affection for the original, Young Frankenstein is a riotously silly spoof featuring a fantastic performance by Gene Wilder.
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as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
as Frau Blucher
as Insp. Kemp
as Blind Hermit
as Herr Falkstein
as Mr. Hilltop
as Sadistic Jailer
as Medical Student
as Insp. Kemp's Aide
as Herr Waldman
as Sadistic Jailer
as Frightened Villager
as Village Elder
as Kemp's Aide
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Critic Reviews for Young Frankenstein
It is good-natured, lowbrow, backlot, hit-or-miss humor, but with no cumulative effect beyond its succession of hard-worked jokes.
Wilder's hysteria seems perfectly natural. You never question what's driving him to it; his fits are lucid and total. They take him into a different dimension -- he delivers what Harpo promised.
More about the myth of Karloff than the monster, this Mel Brooks pastiche is probably his best early film.
For a really delightful parody, James Whale's own Bride of Frankenstein is far better value.
It shows artistic growth and a more sure-handed control of the material by a director who once seemed willing to do literally anything for a laugh. It's more confident and less breathless.
Audience Reviews for Young Frankenstein
The art of the spoof has been lost in recent years, or at least a fundamental understanding of what makes the greatest spoofs work at the most basic level. What makes them great can be summed up in one word: Love. It's strange to think about, but the best film spoofs are a built on an inherent love and understanding of what's being skewered. So it's no surprise in some ways that Young Frankenstein is Mel Brooks' greatest film. The amount of referential material in this film goes far beyond the knowledge of even some seasoned film geeks (there is a Frankenstein film that features a police inspector that has a wooden arm, and yes, he plays darts with Dr. Frankenstein). Even the equipment in this film's lab is taken from the Boris Karloff classic. Combine this reverence with one of Gene Wilder's greatest performances, jokes that absolutely hit their mark, and gorgeous atmosphere from black and white cinematography, and you have a comedy classic. One of the greatest of all time and highly recommended.
Clever satire of old Hollywood horror films. Great over-the-top performances by Wilder and Kahn.
Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein is a fine horror comedy that remains a classic of the genre. This is one film that is very funny, with good acting and directing. The film is one of the most memorable films in the comedy horror genre. Mel Brooks delivers a great film that is very funny. The film obviously parodies Frankenstein, and the film does a great job at doing that. I very much enjoyed the film, and thought it was among Mel Brooks' best films. Young Frankenstein for me anyway plays out like a tribute to Frankenstein, by inducing the classic tale of horror with a good dose of comedy. The film works well, and is superbly well acted, and directed. The film boasts a memorable twist on the classic tale, and is among the best comedy horror flicks, albeit not a straight forward horror film. This film though will be appreciated by fans of horror as much as comedy film fans. This film is a near flawless comedy horror flick with great, memorable performances. Mel Brooks would later make another horror comedy with Dracula, but it wouldn't be as great a film as this. Young Frankenstein woks well as a parody and as a tribute to a classic horror monster. Overall a solidly crafted film with a great cast, and a good story. Young Frankenstein is in a class by itself.
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