Superior to the 1931 film, however much of a detour it is from Shelley's classic novel. It perfectly plays up the 'What If?' Card regarding the Monster having a companion. This film is a profound exploration of gender politics. No adaptation of the novel has yet surpassed this. PS. Karloff is still the quintessential Monster.
From the opening with Percy Shelley, Byron, and Mary Shelley, to the near-existential ending, this is a sequel every bit better than its predecessor, and the climax of James Whale's horror films. Picks up right where the last one left off, but has such a drastically different tone and feel to it; a delightfully earnest film that may surprise you with its accessibility and low-key beauty.
Finally saw this! Wonderfully sentimental and sweet, and with a weird self-aware humor I'm seeing in Whale (the only other film of his I've seen is THE OLD DARK HOUSE). Wish the ending could have been as expressive dramatically as it was cinematically. (This movie has the best sets I have ever seen.)
Fantastic movie!!! A classic that should stand forever as one of the best movies in its genre. The dialogues, art, development of the story, camera movements and angle, light work, the use of iconic imaginary and locations in horror movies, and also those glimpses of comedy... Wonderful! And hail to Ernest Thesiger as "Dr Pretorious", simply priceless. James Whale delivers an incredible master piece.
Everything expands, including production value, body count, world and character building, and amount of people involved. Dr. Pretorius is the pure evil to counterpoint Dr. Frankenstein's previous redemption, the bride shines during her two minutes of screen time, and the macabre humor hits its high notes.
Although more funny than scary, this has to be one of the best sequels ever done. James Whale's narration is lyrical and stylish, the settings evoke gothic mystique and Boris Karloff perfectly embodies the tall walking corpse, who embarks on a murderous rampage after the events of the first film, only to find at the end that even he has a heart. excellent horror/black comedy universal classic.