Young Frankenstein - (Region 1 Import DVD)
Starring Gene Wilder et al
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Jason, Bellville. 8 October 2010
The problem with modern comedies is that they try too hard to be funny, and in doing so sacrifice a degree of sophistication. This one is the opposite. Everyone here is playing it straight, with care and respect shown to the script and the delivery of the lines. The result is some of the funniest moments of comedy, like the bit with the hand sticking out of the coffin, or the one-handed cop lighting up his cigarette, or a blind Gene Hackman making the monster wish he was being pursued by pitchfork wielding villagers. But the best thing here is that the story — Involving Dr Frankenstein’s grandson inheriting his grandfather’s castle and deciding to continue his work — is what drives the comedy and what sets up the gags. There are no non-sequiturs, no pop culture references and the only reference to other movies is handled with such reverance that it also aids in making the comedy so effective. This one has now replaced Blazing Saddles as my favourite Mel Brooks film.
Region 1 - United States, Canada, Bermuda, U.S. territories.