Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Bride, The (1985)

Directed by:
Franc Roddam

A revisionist semi-remake of THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935). Thanks to lifeless acting from Sting (as the mad doctor) and Jennifer Beals (as his creation) in the lead roles, many of the scenes fail to deliver. An extremely charming subplot with the dwarf Rinaldo (David Rappaport) and Frankenstein's deposed first monster (Clancy Brown) are far more poignant than the main storyline and make it all bearable. Production values (cinematography, costumes, art direction, etc.) are all excellent.


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