The Bride is one of those movies that have wanted to watch for over 20 years, and I have been trying to get around to seeing some of these lately. I am not quite sure, but I think I first learned about this movie on the Leonard Nimoy-hosted kids show “Standby… Lights! Camera! Action!” which gave kids a view into how movies are made, easily making it my favorite show at the time.
At the time of the film’s release, Sting was at the peak of his fame with The Police and Jennifer Beals was hot off the huge success of Flashdance, so their appearance together in a film was huge news at the time. Finally watching the so many years later, I realized that while Sting can act well enough to do the little that his role required of him (mainly, look devilishly handsome), but his screen time is actually quite short. Beals also looks good as the bride, but the film’s real star is David Rappaport, whom everyone knows from Time Bandits, who here plays a trapeze artist dwarf who befriends the hulking monster for whom the bride was made.
After the monster gets spooked and runs off, which happens a few minutes into the film, the film splits into two parallel pairs of teacher and innocent. Back at Castle Frankenstein, there is the story of Dr. Frankenstein and the beautiful bride he has made and whom he must teach everything—when she sees a cat, which he has not yet explained, she takes it to be a small lion. Meanwhile, out on the road, the monster is taken care of by a world-wise and kind-hearted dwarf (Rappaport). The latter is by far the more interesting of the two stories. Problems set in when the pupils learn a bit too much and start thinking themselves. The two stories come together in the end, as the monster, who has now formed his own identity and has been given the name Victor, wanders back to the castle. But they are brought together rather hastily, which is the one main flaw of the film.