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Robert De Niro, Kenneth Bramagh, Tom Hulee, Helena Bonham Carter, Aidan Quinn, Ian Holm and John Cleese star in Branagh's acclaimed adaptation of Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN.
True ot the original, here is the story of a young doctor whose obsession with death leads him to create a life. But his "creature," crafted from the bodies of convicts and the brain of a brilliant scientist, is a hideous mockery of humanity. When the creature realizes he will never be accepted by men, he seeks revenge on Dr. Frankenstein and his family. An inspired adaptation thats emotionally complex and truly terrifying, Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN is 100% pure excitement. Visually stunning adn refreshingly different.
During the Romantic Period of writing, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron were leading writers. During the earlier women's rights movement, of the 1800's, Mary Wollstonecraft wrote the famous, "A Vindication for the Rights of Women." She was married to Godwin, a writer in his own right.
Mary Shelly was Wollstonecraft's daughter, who survived her mother at childbirth. Godwin raised her to be a writer. Mary Godwin contemplated her ideas while laying on her mother's grave.
She fell in love with P.B. Shelley and they were married. Shortly thereafter she lost their first child. One October in Germany, P.B. Shelley, Lord Byron, and Mary Shelley entered into a bet: who could compose the best ghost story?
Guess who won? The 19 yo Mary. "Frankenstein" is all hers. Do we even know what theirs were? I don't.
Among literary critics Mary's has been read in numerous ways: as a personal grief story of loss and death; of feeling herself to be some sort of unspeakable, unsociable creature; and as a scathing social critique of the god-complexes men had in hers and her mother's times. I will go with the latter god-complexes of men thesis.
Making Mary's horror story "Frankenstein" into a film with De Niro playing the "monster" and Branagh playing Victor Frankenstein, the mad scientist is a stroke of genius. But it cannot touch the ingenuity and courage it took for Mary Shelley to compete with and win writing the timeless classic horror story that rivaled with two of the greatest Romantic era writers of her time. How intimidating that might have been for a 19yo young woman, who had never been published!
We can only imagine what was on Mary's mind, even though she tells us frankly in the foreword of the text. When I think that a 19yo young woman invented "Frankenstein," and all of the renditions that have captured producers and directors minds, and actors have attempted to portray, I am finally pleased with this screen version, and to know it is preserved now on DVD. It is well worth reading Mary Shelley's book in order to understand the social contexts of the screen versions, and why this one is the one I prefer as truest to the text~
To tell you the truth I haven't even watched the whole film yet-- it's that bad. Kenneth Branagh misses so horribly with this adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel that you can't believe this is the same guy who did that amazing version of Hamlet. His Frankenstein is faithful to the plot of the novel (a rarity among Frankenstein films) but terribly wrongheaded in the portrayal of the story-- A buffoonish, bombastic score that makes John Williams seem like minimalist composer Phillip Glass, big, macho, rock and roll acting that totally kills the sentimentality and passion of Shelley's writing, and show-off sets that just distract from the drama serve to make this film an unwatchable shame. Nevertheless, for you English teachers who are teaching the novel, it makes a nice contrast... but instead I would highly recommend Terror of Frankenstein by Calvin Floyd, a film adaptation that is both faithful and understated, and easily overcomes its humble resources with a truly artistic and baturalistic retelling of the tale of a monster that, contrary to popular misconception, is truly eloquent.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1998, DVD) The one where all the critics "Rubbished" ken Branagh. Yes he can be a bit driven, yes maybe he likes himself but he does make bloody good films considering the amount of tasks he takes on in movies. I sometimes feel he even makes the tea. I haven't read the book but am told it is more akin to it than the usual green Herman munster with neck bolts type of portrayal. I liked it. I was pulled into the dark world but even I wondered at the ever present lightening. surely even bad things can happen when the sun shines? Still it is a horror-esque movie so who are we to begrudge the Kenster a bit of crackle and pop. I thought the eels quite a good idea....it wasn't like you could plug in to the electric socket after all and one couldn't wait all day for a lightening storm to power-up now could you LOL!. A good tale which shows that just because you can do something, doesn't mean that you should! Makes you consider a lot of "If onlys" in your own life. JPG
I loved it, until the last fifteen minutes. I loved the book and the movie stayed true to the book, until Hollywood went off somewhere else with the story. If I had never read the book, I probably would not have been disappointed with the ending. It was still exciting and those that never read the actual book by Mary Shelley might not be so disgusted with the "wrong turn" and totally "Hollywood" end to a classic story. Frankenstein; the dvd, not a horror, but a tragedy.
Awe, finally a story that is true to the book! With this movie, meet the real Frankenstein! Beautiful sets, gorgeous period costumes, and a perfect cast for the story!! A great mix of romance, history and gore!! A classic movie for horror fans! Robert Deniro plays a perfect monster. You feel sympathy for him at one moment and hate him the next! I think Mary Shelley would be proud of this elegant version of her book!! Buy it and love it!
Good movie, Everyone should see it . De niro is a great actor. Kinda a love story and a horror film. Kinda dark feeling and just an all arund good movie. I would recomomend it to any one who loves lvoe stories and monsters.................................................
I read the book a couple of years ago and loved it for its inner conflict of man's existence. Kenneth Brannagh in the DVD stays true to the book and makes an excellent Dr. Frankenstein. His insatiable hunger to extend the life of the ones he loves is incredible and intense. The monster played by DeNiro does an excellent job portraying him and the inner turmoil of the question everyone asks himself, "Why am I here? Why was I created?" You nearly feel sorry for him until he decides to...well, I'd better not say, if you haven't read the book or seen the movie, I don't want to spoil it. Read the book first though.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein'S MOVIE IS AN EXCELLENT MOVIE, ONE OF MY FAVORITES!!! ROBERT DENIRO AS ALWAYS PLAYS THE PART SO GOOD THAT HE MAKES YOU FEEL AS IF YOU WERE THERE. I LOVE IT! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS MOVIE TO ALL OF YOU FRANKENSTIEN LOVERS
I bought this DVD to watch with my high school age granddaughter, as required in addition to reading the actual book, over the summer. We were very interested in how the movie would compare to the book. It was very good and we enjoyed it. Of course the book is better than the movie, several parts were changed from the actual book and the ending was different. But overall, it was very good and we really enjoyed it. She had to read the book and then watch 2 or 3 different Frankenstein movies and compare them all. So we know pretty much all there is to know about Frankenstein and it has been very intersting and beneficial. There are many good life lessons in Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. I would recommend reading the book first, though.