“Young Frankenstein”

Kai Christiansen, Movie Editor

In honor of Gene Wilder’s unfortunate passing, I decided to watch one of my favorite movies by him, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Unlike a normal review where I over analyze, this will be a concise and short recommendation for a spectacular film.
This movie is extremely quotable, with some of the best coming from Mart Feldman’s character, Egor. Many of his jokes consist of puns, random gags involving his deformities, and a punchline here or there.
Another reason why this movie is so great is many of the subtleties of the sex jokes. Nothing is blatantly stated like in a Judd Apatow or Seth Rogen comedy like today. Everything is genuine and requires a little bit of thought to understand what the reference is.
The movie takes itself seriously, too. The film revolves around Frankenstein’s grandson, Frederick, who refuses to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. Of course, he ends up still unintentionally doing this. It’s a silly premise that is handled well.
The only downfall of this film is that it struggles to find a resolute ending during the third act. The pacing stumbles around until it finds its groove again.
Overall, this is a funny and classic film that should be on any movie-goer’s watchlist.