Monday, April 29, 2013

Y is for Young Frankenstein




Young Frankenstein is #155 on my flickchart list.

I have a fondness for 1970's era Mel Brooks movies.  This is among his best.  And that's saying something...look at his output:

Blazing Saddles 1974 (#253)
Young Frankenstein 1974 (#155)
Silent Movie 1976 (#507)
High Anxiety 1978 (#380)
History of the World: Part One 1981 (#511)

He didn't direct another movie until Spaceballs (#935) in 1987.  It's been a long time since I've seen it, and at the risk of upsetting Nan, I'm going to refer to it as "over-rated".  It certainly lacked some of the cleverness of his earlier work.  It always seemed to me he started to feel the pressure of the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker juggernaut and couldn't get his form back.
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5 comments:

  1. I am pretty sure I watched this...I think...hmm..maybe I should rewatch it

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  2. My favorite brooks movie is Robin Hood: Men in Tights

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  3. Just popped over to your 'sweet Nanny's' blog since you mentioned she liked 'Three O'Clock High' and thought YF is overrated, both opinions with which I agree.

    I like the poster on this one. We watched this a lot as kids and one of my brothers got the biggest kick out of doing an impression of Marty Feldman. I have a soft spot for the film because of our exposure in childhood but then watched it as an adult after I got married and both my husband and I were like, 'meh.' I did laugh in spots, though.

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    1. If only there was a way to do that justice via the written word!!! I holler it in class occasionally and the students just stare...

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