Yung Frunkensteen


Clay Petersen, Man of a couple hats

Young Frankenstein

6.8 Rotten Eyeballs.

Young Frankenstein was released in 1974. It was directed by Mel Brooks, who wrote the movie with Gene Wilder. It stars various actors  from Gene Wilder (gasp) to Peter Boyle. Young Frankenstein is a hilarious movie about Dr. Fredrick Frankenstein (pronounced Frunk-en-steen) and his fight against the prejudice against his family name that his grandfather had created.

In this movie, the funniest character is Elizabeth, though closely followed by Igor. These two never really had much interaction between each other, but their remarks to Dr. Fredrick were top notch comedy. 

On the flip side, I found the plot of this movie to be kind of played out. A story can only be told so many times. If you simplify this story only a little bit, it becomes exactly the same as any other Frankenstein. It was a slightly newer take on the famous story, but it could have managed to make more changes.

Gene Wilder was amazing, as always. I truly enjoyed his performance in the movie and how he tried to be a new character. However, I don’t think this was a part that stood the test of time like some of his other roles. I am not blaming this entirely on Mr. Wilder. I am just pointing out that when watching this movie, it doesn’t feel as timeless as I think it should have. I think this movie should be just as funny today as it was the day it came out, but I didn’t get this feeling.  

So, while Young Frankenstein is an absolutely hilarious movie, I don’t think the plot was up to the promised standards, or that the dialog has stood the test of time. However, it did regain many points in the acting category with Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle doing absolutely amazing jobs.