Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks’ comic masterpiece turns 45 this year, and remains a gleeful descent into inspired silliness. Wilder maintains a deadpan earnestness as Frederick Frankenstein, who inherits his infamous family’s Transylvanian estate and becomes increasingly obsessed with his late grandfather’s morbid experiments. Both a hilariously unhinged farce and a loving homage to the inky black and white of the original Frankenstein franchise, Young Frankenstein is electrified by a zoned-in ensemble cast operating at the height of their powers - including Second City alum Peter Boyle as the Monster.
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