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Gods and Monsters (1998)

  Starring: Brendan Fraser, Ian McKellen, Lynn Redgrave
Links: Gods and Monsters on the IMDb, Official site, Buy the Soundtrack, Buy on DVD, Buy on Video
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Relationships explored" - a review by pearly

Gods and Monsters is the story of director James Whale's (Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935)) last days. After suffering a stroke, Whale (Ian McKellen) befriends his lawn boy, Clayton, (Brendan Fraser) and the unlikely pair interact as Whale sketches portraits of Clayton. Whale has become nostalgic and Clayton reminds him a lot of his past, and so, the two become close quite quickly.

Ian McKellen is tremendous as Whale, a man who has struggled to overcome and leave behind his poor beginnings, but who has suddenly found his past rushing up on him. By contrast, there is Brendan Fraser. It took me quite a while to get Encino Man (1992) out of my head when I was watching him, but he actually does a pretty good job as Clay, the somewhat confused new friend of Whale, who is struggling to understand what this relationship is all about.

And somewhere in amongst it all is Whale's maid Hanna (Lynn Redgrave) who provides some comic relief with her outrageous accent.

I am not sure how much of this biographical story is true, but then again, I don't suppose it really matters. Gods and Monsters is quite a theatrical piece; having a real beginning, middle and ending. It's about relationships, growing old, and learning to live with the past, present and future. It shows that everyone has their own monsters to live with, and that all people are deep, three dimensional characters. It is definitely an interesting watch.

pearly gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 17 Jun 2002

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