Thursday, August 26, 2010
63. Young Frankenstein (1974)
Vee had better confeerm de fect dat Yunk Frankenshtein iss indeed VALLOWING EEN EES GANDFADDA'S VOOTSHTAPS.
When most people think of Gene Wilder, they think of a certain movie about making candy surrounded by wild-haired, singing little people. As for me, this was Gene Wilder's finest moment in film. Portraying the original Dr. Frankenstein's grandson, he teams with Igor's grandson ("Eye-gor") to recreate the infamous experiment of reanimating a dead human. The monster is also played masterfully (right down to the tap-dancing closing number) by Peter Boyle who most of you would probably recognize as Ray's father from "Everybody loves Raymond". If that wasn't enough, the exquisite Madeline Kahn (as Frankenstein's fiance) steals every scene she is in. All of these performances were captured by the writing and directing comedic genius of Mel Brooks. More from him tomorrow... ;)