Young Frankenstein Reviews
Young Frankenstein manages to stay accurate to its source material with funny moments, memorable dialogue, and an insane performance from Gene Wilder.
Gene Wilder is hilarious. He plays anger for comedy better than anyone I know. The opening scene where he starts ranting at a student in his class was great! One of my favorite aspects was how Wilder and Marty Feldman played off each other. That kind of silly banter is totally my kind of comedy. "There wolf" is such a stupid joke but I was laughing so hard.
There's lots of other great performances by amazing actors in this movie. Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Teri Garr, etc. and all of them are at the top of their game. There's even a cameo by an unrecognizable Gene Hackman that was great. I suppose what I'm trying to say is that Young Frankenstein really worked for me. It's a superb comedy, and it reminds me how great spoof movies used to be.
As always, the casting is perfect. Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Terri Garr, Madeline Kahn, and Kenneth Mars (my favorite actor in this movie) all do an excellent job playing the material straight while still winking at the camera. It's the right balance.
Young Frankenstein is a perfect comedy with a heart.