Last night I had to sign a permission slip for the Tall Kid. Not for a field trip, but for English class. They’ll be studying Frankenstein by, apparently, watching the 1994 film, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which the teacher referred to as “powerful”.
Okay, it does have an impressive cast: Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh, Helena Bonham Carter, Aidan Quinn, John Cleese, etc. And I’ve heard it best represents the book.
My husband and I believe, as parents, our job is to not only stay on top of the education he’s receiving at school, but to fill in any gaps. And, I’m sorry, but studying classic literature by watching a movie made in 1994 is a gap. A big gap.
That’s why we decided it’s time to step in and I just returned from Walmart where I bought a DVD copy of a true cinematic masterpiece and the definitive Frankenstein film:
That’s right, the 1974 film by the brilliant Mel Brooks: Young Frankenstein, starring Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, and Teri Garr.
Our son’s education is very important to us, and we take that responsibility very seriously.