Young Frankenstein (1974)

Young Frankenstein (1974) (90) Taking an approach that may be considered sober by his standards, Mel Brooks (largely) resists diving headfirst into his usual antics, opting instead for relatively pure satire. Starting with the daring move to shoot on black and white film stock, and extending though the editing and special effects, Young Frankenstein is perhaps Mel’s best direct send up. Wilder, Garr, and Feldman are a perfect comedy trio, and Peter Boyle is stellar as the Creature. By breaking character less often, Young Frankenstein lends more comedic weight to the moments it does.

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