Gods And Monsters details
|Starring:||Ian McKellen, Lolita Davidovich, Lynn Redgrave, Kevin J. O'Connor, David Dukes, Brendan Fraser|
|Studio:||ANCHOR BAY HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
Gods And Monsters
|Run time:||1 hour 41 minutes|
|Rental release:||07 Feb 2011|
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RivetingBy a customer from Salisbury, England , 07 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]I started this film determined to dislike it. I don't like Ian Mckellen, which is hard, therefore, to watch a film that centres on that kind of camp, queer role he plays so well. How wrong I was. He is excellent in this film. An aging ex-Hollywood director, he is living his life on his memories - literally as, recovering from a stroke, his brain is firing off with vivid hallucinations of his past. He lusts after young men, and this lust leads him to become friendly with the young ex-marine gardener. Am apparently trite plot then takes an unexpected twist. People are not who they appear to be. Great goodness can be hidden beneath the most unlikely of exteriors. And that is the whole metaphor of the film and the meaning behind the title, as the elderly director, played by Mckellen, is James Whale, who made Frankenstein. Who is the God, who is the monster? A really good, thought-provoking movie.
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Mckellen at his best...By a customer from Manchester , 18 Dec 2008I like it when I read reviews on this site and people describe a film as 'slow'. This usually means that not only will I love the film, but also that the other person has no real concentration span or love of good story telling and acting. In this case, don't listen to them....they probably looked at the 'Gods and Monsters' tiltle and thought it was some kind of slasher movie! The story centres on director James Whale (Frankenstein) and his gardner played by a surprisingly good Brendan Fraser in a less action-packed role than usual! I was worried at first that I would have had to have loved Whale's work to enjoy the film, but this isn't the case. There is a lot to make you think from an oscar winning script, such as the conflict between homo and hetero, old and young, madness and sanity and past and present. The acting is sublime. Mckellen gives a stunning performance as Whale which garnered him an oscar nomination and Lynn Redgrave gives a nicely comic aspect to Whale's long suffering house keeper Hannah (also Oscar nominated). This is a little gem of a film that lived long in my memory and for anyone who likes things a little off the beaten track, I would recommend it. Would have given it 4.5 stars if poss.....
Great MovieBy a customer from Harrogate , 04 Dec 2008Great movie with brilliant performances. One to watch again
A good drama, but needed effort to sit throughBy LordSaruxi (1 review) from Runcorn , 16 Jul 2008God's and Monsters tells the tale, albeit fictionalised in parts, about the last days of the filmaker James Whale, responsible for, among other works, such films as 'Dracula' and 'Dracula's Bride.'
The film sees Whale at a time in his life when he has walked away from hollywood, and where, in 1930's England, the fact that he is openly gay sets him widely apart.
Sir Ian McKellen gives a beautifully poignant, delicate potrayal of a man suffering from a disease which is slowly eating away at him, and we get the awkward strugle of a man who is still not fully at ease with his orientation.
The film is beautifully directed, with Ian McKellen giving one of his best performances, however Brendan Fraser lets the side down, with a wooden characterisation of a man who cannot understand the very idea of someone being gay.
The film was visibly beautiful, and contained some wonderful lines:
'Making movies is the most wonderful thing in the world; working with friends, entertaining people.'
However Fraser's acting, and a slow begining make it a film that requires some effort to get into the second half, however it is a very significant film for McKellen and for gay/lesbian messages.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008I saw this film and liked it very much. I don't want to post a review, just put in my five stars worth to correct the mistake of the last reviewer who gave it a five star review but only one star. Some mistake, surely?!
top performancesBy a customer from Windermere , 13 May 2008Lots of the other reviewers have said what a fine turn this is by Ian McKellen and a wouldn't disagree with them. He's elegant, charming, funny and tragic. But I think that Brendan Fraser puts in the stand-out performance of this film. Baffled and threatened by McKellen's homosexuality, he's macho and vulnerable, monstrous and unexpectedly generous and kind. Just brilliantly balanced. George of the Jungle it ain't, but then he did that very well too.