Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Robert De Niro stars as the monster in this version of the classic horror tale based on Mary Shelley's ...
Read More
Listed in:  
Item added by Automatt. Added on 10/12/2008
RSS Icon

5 Reviews


Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 5


Join to vote! 0 Helpful / 0 Funny / 0 Agree / 0 Disagree


Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 5

*** This comment may contain spoilers ***

I didn't appreciate this film until the second viewing, when I saw it on widescreen. Three viewings later, I have nothing but the highest regard for this Frankenstein rendition which is still, as other reviewers have pointed out, the most underrated of movies.

Only on widescreen DVD (and hopefully Blu-Ray some day) can one fully appreciate the incredible visuals of this movie. But this film is a lot more than eye candy. Supposedly, it was very close to Mary Shelley's book, which is the best compliment you can give it.

I liked the fact that the "monster" could talk and comprehend and, frankly, I liked the revenge factor and fact the monster decided his fate, not hysterical townsfolk as in the original Boris Karloff film (which has a sadder ending.)

This version, in my humble opinion, also had a more appropriate ending: the monster and his creator both dying together.

All the main characters acted the way you would think they would, meaning there was no ridiculousness here, as so often is the case in horror films. In other words, there was great realism put in a story that is a famous far-fetched-type of tale. To be fair, there are some scenes in which you wonder how the monster got where he did (inside homes, etc.) without being, to say there weren't SOME credibility issues would not be true...but overall, no complaints here.

I'd like to put a quick plug in here for the music, too. Wonderful sweeping classic music complements the astounding visuals. Add an involving story that is tough to put down once you start viewing, and you have one of the most undeservedly-panned movies of our time.

Join to vote! 0 Helpful / 0 Funny / 0 Agree / 0 Disagree


Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 5

I frankly don't understand the bad reviews that the "Times" and others have given this riveting remake of the Mary Shelley classic. This is the first movie rendition of the story that comes anywhere close to the Shelley novel. True to form, the story begins and ends at the polar ice in the novel. The well-intentioned, albeit obssessed, Dr. F. is engaged to the beautiful Elizabeth. I won't give away the plot by expousing on their relationship, but where past grade-B efforts have had no female counterpart to Dr. F., this film version does; indeed, she is a prime motivator, residing at the very heart of what drives much of the story-line. There is some artistic license taken here of course, as with any great work of art. But actor/producer Kenneth Branagh (who plays the good doctor) has certainly earned the latitude. The creature, played by the forever-versatile Robert DeNiro, is such a convincing characterization that one doesn't even realize it's the "You Talkin' To Me" actor until well into the story (when that unmistakable voice comes through). For the literary-minded, this treatment comes close to the Prometheus Rising theme that Mary Shelley had intended, but which has been all but ignored in other film efforts. The old story of Man attempting to scale to the heights of God -- like the Icarus myth or even the Biblical Tower of Babel story -- is given due regard by producer Branagh. Actor Tom Hulce ("Amadeus") who befriends the young Dr. F. in medical school brings a certain innocense and a common-man's presence to the story that serve as an effective counterpoint to the madness of his friend and would-be God-man. (Indeed, Hulce's very inclusion in this fine cast transports one back to the time of Mozart, solidly grounding the story in a 18th-century setting.) Overall, a fine cast, coupled with a film treatment that's about as close to the classic novel as any celluloid production has yet come, make this effort the best of the genre. You won't be long as you don't write for the New York Times!

Join to vote! 0 Helpful / 0 Funny / 0 Agree / 0 Disagree

GrantHughAlexa nder

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 4

Although this movie was critically and publically panned, I honestly think that it is the BEST film adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic novel. Critics complained about the film, saying that it was too grotesque, too melodramatic, too epic. What critics failed to realize is that THAT is exactly what a Gothic Romance story is: melodramatic, epic, exaggerated, but still wildly poignant. I am not a huge Branagh fan, but I love this film. The cast is excellent, the period setting is done beautifully, and the exaggerated sets and bright colors (especially the wide use of the color red)perfectly capture the scope of Shelley's novel. Yes, there are changes, but many of them I liked: Henry Clerval (the wonderfully quirky Tom Hucle) is not murdered by the Creature (played wonderfully by DeNiro) as he is in the novel, and Victor reanimates his dead wife after she is murdered by the Creature, but she ultimately sets herself and the Frankenstein mansion on fire. Purists of the novel hated this sequence, but I loved it - it brings the mega-loss of Victor full circle, and it fits perfectly into the spirit of the novel - I think Shelley herself would approve. Also, because Branagh himself also has a huge ego, he plays Frankenstein perfectly: as a prideful man-child who wants to play God because he thinks he is that good. Watch this version! The Hallmark version, although true to the text is NOT a better adaptation - weaker cast and lacking a powerful visual style - it definately doesn't ressonate with the Gothic feel of Branagh's version. However, I must warn you that this is one of those films that you eiether love or hate, but you'll never know unless you give it a try!

Join to vote! 0 Helpful / 0 Funny / 0 Agree / 0 Disagree

AnneRice,Autho r

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 5

There is a grand mad excess that triumphs in this film, overriding any of its faults. I go back to it again and again to revel in the brilliant acting, the dazzling photography, and the deliberate and bold intensity. It is very true to Mary Shelley's masterpiece, very true, indeed. And it is also cinematically magical and very simply beautiful. Highly recommended. The great moral of the tale comes through, of course. Artistically, this particular film will probably live as long as films are made and viewed. ---- Things you might have laughed at the first time around, you soon forget. It's the kind of film that haunts you. It's rich and intoxicating. Branagh really is a great genius and this is one of his finest accomplishments.

Join to vote! 0 Helpful / 0 Funny / 0 Agree / 0 Disagree

5 reviews!     « Previous  |  Page    of  1  |  Next »

view stats
average based on 5 ratings