Gods and Monsters Reviews
I no fan of biopics to begin with and this one is as bad as most can be.
Ian Holm is old and homosexual in orientation. He gets all worked up when young men happen by. Even though this (sin of?) lust gives him a stroke that sends him to the hospital. Really! There is a scene early on when this actually happens.
But the main story is hots for gardener, a strapping no-so-bright young man of around 30 years old.
And the old man is traumatized by being in the trenches in WWI, 40 years earlier.
Anyway, I didn't like this movie.
The Bride of Frankenstein is a lot better than this.
Gods and Monsters is an interesting flick in the large filmography/acting jobs that McKellan has had and while he still sports quite a bit of grey, Mckellan does seem younger and so it becomes all the more interesting to watch this performance of his. He acts alongside Brendan Fraiser of all people, a guy whom many of us have not heard from in years. I came to think of Fraiser as nothing more than a silly Indiana jones ripoff thanks to his horrible mummy pictures. Here Fraiser Mckellan bring their A Game and deliver some exquisite work.
Ian McKellan plays James Whale the famous director of the iconic movie Frankenstein. The film focuses on his final days as well as the friendship with his gardner clayton boone.
Pretty decent film. I can tell ian mckellen tweaked his accent up to capture james's English accent. He gives a wonderful performance here. He acted out the hallucinations so well, actually better than most actors I've seen do it. Quite the portrayal of this man. Brendan Frasier actually delivers an impressive performance for once. his character was really layered and not made to be simplistic at all which was great. idk why but fraiser's hair reminded me of wolverine's in the x-men films. All in all interesting relationship between the two.
the ending with the two was the best part of the film. that entire unraveling was fantasticly done. On a technical end, good editing and art direction as well as a decent score.
nice job with the direction here form Bill Condon. For those who knew of Whale in the spotlight he painted a nice portrait of whale near the end of his life. he introduced us to a man who really by all accounts cant leave his past nor his fame.
Gods and Monsters is a really good film that landed Ian Mckellen a well deserved Oscar nod. recommend checking this out when you can.
A really quite fine telling of the final chapter of one of horror's most important early film directors filled with a keen eye for detail and a powerful climax. Sir Ian McKellen is of course brilliant in a role that works perfectly, while Brendan Fraser is perhaps on his best form as an actual actor rather than an action star or a comic. It has to be said that this isn't for everyone as it is slow of pace, and some prior knowledge and appreciation of James Whale is needed to truly get the best out of what this has to offer. For the performances and the insight into a life in and around the early days of Hollywood this is a worthy character piece worth tracking down.