Timeless and epic 45 years ago a whimsical parody of one of the best horror films of all time was released. With a colorful cast featuring Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn , Cloris Leachmen and Marty Feldman; and also Peter Boyle as Frankensteins Monster. The world wouldn’t be the same without it and even after 45 years it still holds up as one of my favorites and probably does for most adults of that generation.
Mel Brooks has never failed to amuse us with parodies of otherwise serious tales. And no other film can ever be as funny charming as Young Frankenstein. Gene Wilder who is tremendous in everything he was in took on the role of Frankenstein and nailed it to the point where it was convincing without being way to serious. This film has always and will continue to be one of my favorite films of all time and every time I watch it as a adult the feelings of nostalgic love are constantly existent.
It is great, it is funny and my love for Gene as Frankenstein will never fade and the nonsensical idea of the Monster being Abby…normal are still what makes this movie slaphappy and always brings a smile to my face with its charming antics. I mean who doesn’t like the idea of the monster dancing to puttin on the ritz?
Gene Wilder was an amazing actor who was loved by many of us as children and even more of us as adults for the unusual roles he took on in his life. From Frankenstein to Willy Wonka, Gene Wilder captured our imaginations and when he unfortunately passed away August 29, 2016 at the age of 83 from complications with Alzheimers. He is gone but not forgotten and will continue to live in our memories as the man who brought a monster to life.
Rest in Peace Gene Wilder we will all miss you and your simmering hysteria.