Gods and Monsters (1998)

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Critic Consensus: Gods and Monsters is a spellbinding, confusing piece of semi-fiction, featuring fine performances; McKellen leads the way, but Redgrave and Fraser don't lag far behind.


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Hollywood history comes to life in this tale of the last days of Frankenstein director James Whale, played by Sir Ian McKellen. Long forgotten by the studios, Whale has retired to pursue painting and a life of leisure. Gods and Monsters explores his final fascination with a handsome gardener, Clayton Boone.

Rating: R (for sexual material and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Christopher Bram, Bill Condon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 8, 1999
Runtime:
Lions Gate Films

Cast


as James Whale

as Clayton Boone

as David Lewis

as Dwight

as Edmond Kay

as Elsa Lanchester

as Elder Karloff

as Colin Clive

as Leonard Barnett

as Princess Margaret

as Young Whale

as Sarah Whale
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Critic Reviews for Gods and Monsters

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (14)

An engrossing, unusual, imaginatively executed bit of psychological gamesmanship ...

Full Review… | December 1, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Not a complicated film, but warm and clever.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

An example of a reasonably challenging film that doesn't really accomplish what it sets out to do, but is nevertheless thoughtfully-conceived and contains a couple of highly enjoyable performances that keep it afloat.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
CNN.com
Top Critic

While Condon may not quite have captured an accurate Whale, he and his cast have brought a memorable creation to life.

Full Review… | June 18, 2012
Sight and Sound

It may not be history, but what a glorious imagining it is.

Full Review… | October 13, 2010
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Catches a life and its relation to art. One imagines that James Whale would not have turned over in his grave in horror.

Full Review… | August 25, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Gods and Monsters

I think there is an interesting film in here, but it is severely hampered by a poor script and a dreadful performance by Brandon Fraser. I know what you are thinking. How could the "Monkeybone" veteran give a less than stellar performance? Well I don't know how, but he does.
While I understand that in many ways Fraser's character is supposed to mirror the Frankenstein monster, donning a flattop and not pausing much for thought, Fraser gives off the impression that he is too dim to actually even pull off acting dim. In fact, he acts a lot like I'm sure most of America believes he does when the cameras aren't rolling. I actually gave in to mild bursts of laughter just watching him "act".
While I would have liked to see the story of James Whales, I was too busy trying to make sense of how Fraser got this role.

axadntpron
Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

First of all, to the reviewer who said you felt molested watching this movie. You're homophoic and should see someone about that.
I thought it was really great. A nice telling of a Hollywood legend (not unlike Hollywoodland - but better!) I love Sir Ian McKellen and was doubtful on Fraser, but he really held his own. He wasn't fantastic, but he wasn't Keanu Reeves.
I also really liked the subtle, sparse and dry humor interjected every little while. Something I wasn't quite expecting but it was nice. Most of it done by Ms. Redgrave. Overall a nice movie, not spectacular but definitely worth watching!

MeetMeinMontauk
Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

½

A very touching and sometimes ammusing look at the life of film Director James Whale.

It is also a very telling look at the sad results of Hollywood's version of "Don't Ask Don't Tell", which (for the most part) is still in effect today.
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Ian McKellen is brilliant in the role of Mr. Whale as is Lynn Redgrave as his faithfull (no pun intended) housekeeper. Brendan Fraser does very well, but comes across as a bit out of his league having to share the screen with those two.

RCCLBC
Robert C

Super Reviewer

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