Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994)

KENNETH BRANAGH

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  , , , .  United Kingdom/Japan/USA, 1994.  Screenplay by , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1994.  

Robert De Niro and Kenneth Branagh in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Leaden adaptation of the popular Mary Shelley novel attempts to go the extra mile that James Whale’s 1931 version didn’t go by sticking to the more dramatic elements of the original material. We are given a thorough glimpse into the origins of Dr. Frankenstein’s () education where he first becomes interested in the science of re-animating human flesh for the purposes of creating his own race of human beings. His first major attempt results in a deformed, deranged creature () with a soft heart in search of love. Fear and exclusion is all he finds when he ventures out on his own, though, and the creature resolves to find his maker and exact his revenge upon him for the hellish life he has been condemned to.   is fantastic as Frankenstein’s wife in this stylish horror film that starts off energetic but soon becomes too long and cluttered.

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