Son of Frankenstein

Son of Frankenstein ★★★★

Is it blasphemous to say that I think I like this one *slightly* more than the original?

Karloff’s tenure as The Monster - or as this movie has the decency to call him, FRANKENSTEIN - ends on a very good movie. Unfortunately Karloff isn’t given a lot to do and outside of one great scene he basically just has to serve as a weapon. It’s a shame because when he and Wolf are called brothers early on, I got excited at that idea being explored, but then those two barely interact in a meaningful way the rest of the movie.

Fortunately the rest of the main characters makeup for this. Basil Rathbone, Lionel Atwill, and especially Bela Lugosi all do a great job with their characters. I could have done with out the tacked on happy ending scene, but no matter the quality of the rest of the franchise, I think Frankenstein gets to lay claim to being the first great movie trilogy.

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