This week for Movie Monday I’m back with a movie that some of my family loves to the point that they got a cardboard cutout of the titular character from a Movie Theater. It’s Austin Powers; International Man of Mystery!
Plot Synopsis: In 1967, British spy Austin Powers thwarts an assassination attempt by his nemesis Dr. Evil in a London nightclub called Strawberry Alarm Clock and The Lemon Pipers Dr. Evil escapes in a space rocket disguised as a Big Boy statue, and cryogenically freezes himself. Powers volunteers to be placed into cryostasis in case Dr. Evil returns in the future. Thirty years later, in 1997, Dr. Evil returns to discover his henchman Number 2 has developed Virtucon, the legitimate front of Evil’s empire, into a multibillion-dollar enterprise…
Plot: The entire movie is absolutely ridiculous, and that’s the point. This being a spoof of the James Bond movies this pokes fun at all sorts of spy thrillers by making the situations and characters absolutely ridiculous. That being said the movie probably shouldn’t be watched by kids.
Cast: The entire cast is awesome, with Mike Myers playing both Dr. Evil and Austin Powers. The rest of the cast is just as ridiculous as well.
Cinematography: The special effects are just as ridiculous as the plot.
Overall: A fun movie to watch, if only to have a few good laughs at the sheer ridiculous nature of the movie.
This week for Movie Monday I’m covering another work from my favorite director. It’s Young Frankenstein!
Plot Synopsis: Dr. Frederick Frankenstein is a lecturing physician at an American medical school and engaged to the tightly wound socialite Elizabeth. He becomes exasperated when anyone brings up the subject of his grandfather Victor Frankenstein, the infamous mad scientist; to dissociate himself from his forebear, Frederick insists that his surname is pronounced ‘Fronkensteen’. When a solicitor informs him that he has inherited his family’s estate in Transylvania after the death of his great-grandfather, the Baron Beaufort von Frankenstein, Frederick travels to Europe to inspect the property.
Plot: The plot is pretty good, although if you are expecting anything really serious you’re going to be sorely disappointed. That said there is some some adult themes in this, so children probably shouldn’t watch this.
Characters: The entire cast is amazing, though Gene Wilder as Frederick really steals the show in my opinion. That being said Igor is also pretty freaking hilarious. “Didn’t you used to have that on the other side?”.
Cinematography: This is done in black and white as a nod to the old Frankenstein films, which Young Frankenstein takes many inspirations from.
Music: The music is, as one might expect from a Mel Brooks film, spot on. That’s all I’ll say on the subject.
Overall: A must watch movie.
For those who like: Comedies, Mel Brooks, Spoofs, Hilarity, Awesome Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Great Cinematography, Excellent Musical Score.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate all that?