Gods and Monsters
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Gods and Monsters was promoted from the outset as an artistic drama, but the publicity tended to play coyly on the possibility of a homosexual romance between the retired film director James Whale, played by Ian McKellen and his hunky gardener Clayton Boone (Brendan Fraser). While the film does involve romance, the central relationship between the director and his gardener is about the development of a genuine friendship between two outwardly dissimilar but inwardly kindred spirits. In the story, Whale has been living for many years in peaceful, if not entirely contented retirement, under the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"It may not be history, but what a glorious imagining it is."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A parable worthy of Mary Shelley herself."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Ian McKellen shines in this well-acted drama about a mysterious Hollywood celebrity."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"McKellen's performance borders on brilliance."
‑ Andrew Howe, eFilmCritic.com
"...a filmic epiphany."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
"Catches a life and its relation to art. One imagines that James Whale would not have turned over in his grave in horror."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Condon's indie is narrwoly focused in depicting James Whale's personal and professional frustrations as an old man, but Ian McKellen, who must have felt strong affinity with the openly gay director, gives an astonishingly sophisticated performance."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"I can't remember the last time I was so emotionally pounded by a film...Ian McKellan is a god."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Whale, always the aesthete and snob, comments to an interviewer that the other Frankenstein films were done by hacks."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"a truly good film with a great cast"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"The film clearly belongs to McKellen, whose presence is what makes the film as affecting at it is."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"travels far beyond the usual chronological re-telling of highlights"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A smart picture, if not a brilliant one."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"A movie of infinite patience"
‑ Carlo Cavagna, AboutFilm.com
"A richly textured movie that speculates about the last days of an iconic filmmaker while exploring the sometimes divine, sometimes monstrous landscape of obsession and desire."
‑ Ed Kelleher, Film Journal International
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