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      Gods and Monsters

      1998, Biography/Lgbtq+, 1h 45m

      71 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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      Gods and Monsters is a spellbinding, confusing piece of semi-fiction, featuring fine performances; McKellen leads the way, but Redgrave and Fraser don't lag far behind. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      Once a powerful Hollywood director best known for "Frankenstein" and "The Bride of Frankenstein," James Whale (Ian McKellen) is long since retired and in increasingly poor health. His stalwart housekeeper, Hanna (Lynn Redgrave), quietly disapproves of Whale's faceless, nameless parade of young gay lovers, but when the director takes an interest in new gardener Clayton Boone, a former Marine and Korean War veteran, it seems to be for something more than his usual casual conquest.

      • Rating: R

      • Genre: Biography, Lgbtq+

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Bill Condon

      • Producer: Mark R. Harris, Paul Colichman, Gregg Fienberg

      • Writer: Christopher Bram, Bill Condon

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $6.4M

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      • Distributor: Universal Studios Inc.

      • Production Co: Showtime Networks Inc., Regent Entertainment

      • Sound Mix: Dolby

      • Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

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      • Mar 07, 2012

        I think there is an interesting film in here, but it is severely hampered by a poor script and a dreadful performance by Brandon Fraser. I know what you are thinking. How could the "Monkeybone" veteran give a less than stellar performance? Well I don't know how, but he does. While I understand that in many ways Fraser's character is supposed to mirror the Frankenstein monster, donning a flattop and not pausing much for thought, Fraser gives off the impression that he is too dim to actually even pull off acting dim. In fact, he acts a lot like I'm sure most of America believes he does when the cameras aren't rolling. I actually gave in to mild bursts of laughter just watching him "act". While I would have liked to see the story of James Whales, I was too busy trying to make sense of how Fraser got this role.

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      • Dec 28, 2010

        First of all, to the reviewer who said you felt molested watching this movie. You're homophoic and should see someone about that. I thought it was really great. A nice telling of a Hollywood legend (not unlike Hollywoodland - but better!) I love Sir Ian McKellen and was doubtful on Fraser, but he really held his own. He wasn't fantastic, but he wasn't Keanu Reeves. I also really liked the subtle, sparse and dry humor interjected every little while. Something I wasn't quite expecting but it was nice. Most of it done by Ms. Redgrave. Overall a nice movie, not spectacular but definitely worth watching!

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      • Oct 18, 2010

        unusual but if a fictional account why make it? would james whale be turning in his grave at this portrayal? yes mckellen is terrific at playing queens because... well... duh! aside from that the film is bloody good in a surreal sense. it's simple yet has so much going on in it

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      • Jan 20, 2010

        Loved Ian McKellen here and Brendan Fraser didn't extend himself beyond what the role required. Did not know James Whale previously. Interesting character.

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