Beautifully shot and well-acted by the small ensemble, Gods & Monsters is a worthy Hollywood biography let down by a fast & loose approach to actual history. It's usual for such films to stretch the truth to some extent, but Condon's historical fiction casts unfounded aspersions on his subject, which are incredibly harmful. In a post #MeToo landscape such implied accusations are destructive.
Ian McKellan gives the performance of his career in this surprisingly entertaining film about an outcast in Hollywood who projected his own fears and insecurities onto the screen and turned them into monsters, only to have them haunt him later in life to the point where he's begging for death. Nobody is above making a friend and outcasts make the best ones. A sad, heartwarming tale that touches the soul.
Curiosa cinta independiente que narra la relaciòn entre el director James Whale y su jardinero. Por una vez, Brendan Fraser no pone su acostumbrada cara de pendejo, mientras Ian Mc Kellen saca adelante un papel tan hecho a la medida como el de Gandalf (como al actor, tambièn a Whale le gustaba la coca-cola hirviendo). A pesar de la tematica y del apellido del director, es una obra muy interesante.
Not as complex a biopic than I was expecting but this elegy of sorts is gentle and sweet. Redgrave steals the show despite McKellan's fine performance. And while the flashback recreations are alright the end scene is simply classic.
A very sentively and well handled film about the later years of British director James Whales who brought Frankenstein to the screen. Superbly portrayed by Ian McKellen with a surprisingly efficient Brendan Fraser in one of his earlier roles.
Well-made with an array of knowing throwbacks including off-kilter set design and impressively stylistic split diopters. But one worries that such a film would have been made about someone like Bryan Singer if only his era were characterized by the gilded glow of Hollywood rather than its abusive undercurrent.