This just may be one of the funniest comedies ever made. With 1974’s “Young Frankenstein”, we get a great parody of the Frankenstein films, most notably 1931’s “Frankenstein” and its sequel “Bride of Frankenstein”, as well as being an original concept in the process. But why do so many people love this movie? In fact, this film was released the same year as “Blazing Saddles” and that film is equally as funny. But the main reason why audiences like “Young Frankenstein” is the fact that it is timeless and absolutely hilarious from beginning to end. “Young Frankenstein” treats the source material on which it is based, and delivers a well-executed comedy that gives the horror genre a run for its money.
As stated before, this movie parodies both “Frankenstein” (1931) and “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) that provides the story for this film. Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder who pronounces it as Fronkensteen for the first half of the movie) inherits the castle that originally belonged to his great grandfather in Transylvania. Here, Fred meets Igor (Marty Feldman, who pronounces it as Eye-gor) and Inga (Terri Garr) who become his assistants. When Fred arrives at the castle, he stumbles upon the original laboratory in which the original monster was created. Realizing the equipment is still in good shape, and after finding a book on how the monster was formed, Fred decides to create his own monster (Peter Boyle) to create another deformation of man kind.
“Young Frankenstein” is a great comedy from beginning to end that is filled with perfection. The script, written by Wilder and director Mel Brooks, is what makes the movie stand out. And since this is a comedy, there is a lot of improvisation going on, mainly from Brooks and Feldman. A perfect example of this is when Madeline Kahn shows up as Fred’s fiancee Elizabeth, and then suddenly, Igor starts pulling on her fake fox fur. The humor that is presented here ranges from physical to slapstick, and it even holds well into the production.
The movie is shot in black and white, just like the original films, the costumes are extraordinarily detailed and the sets are just beautiful to look. Speaking of the sets, the original Frankenstein equipment was used in the laboratory set, which adds the nostalgia factor up a notch. The music by John Morris is both beautiful and haunting to listen to as it provides a great balance for the movie. Especially near the end of the film where Fred and the monster perform ‘Putin’ on the Ritz’ which has become the most memorable moment in the entire film.
Everything about this movie is perfect and it has no complications involved in it whatsoever. Even if there is something wrong with the film, it’s only minor.
In conclusion, “Young Frankenstein” is an outrageous comedy that everyone needs to see. It’s a comedy classic that has stood the test of time and has aged well. The movie leaves you with something truly memorable and gives the viewer plenty of laughs in return.