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.
At first, I thought GODS AND MONSTERS is just an ordinary biopic movie. Surprisingly, it was good. I knew there are some dramatization in it. But, it's not problem to me. Sir Ian McKellen was fantastic as the old Frankenstein's director - James Whale. We knew the suffering he had. Not to mention, Brendan Fraser's performance was also fantastic. He succeed to do that dramatic acting near the ending. Overall, it's good
A beautiful film about friendship and prejudices, with a kind of sloppy treatment when it comes to editing. Nonetheless, the film endures the passage of time and has all the ingredients to make a fantastic story. Sir Ian Mckellen said once this was one of his favorite characters to play, and you can see why: the leit motifs are so in line with his activism it is hard to imagine any other actor in the role.
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.