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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)

Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Robert De Niro, Tom Hulce, Helena Bonham-Carter, Aidan Quinn, Ian Holm, John Cleese, Celia Imrie, Chris Barnes

Director(s): Kenneth Branagh

Language: English

Genre: Horror


In this adaptation of the classic Mary Shelley tale, Kenneth Branagh stars as Victor Frankenstein, a man possessed by a mission to create life but painfully unaware of the consequences of his actions. He succeeds in his quest to create a man, but his creature (Robert De Niro) is both revolting and tragically aware of the effect he has on others. His creation escapes, and Frankenstein eventually gives him up for dead. The creature, however, is very much alive, tormented by his plight and plotting... [Get complete synopsis]


Deril wrote on October 30, 2005, 11:17 pm
Always wanted to see this, and tonight I did. Despite the fact that this was just a terrible movie from all angles, I was still compelled to watch the whole thing...go figure. Anywho, liked the beginning, and liked how the "monster' was able to think & fend for himself (and help the farmer family). Then everything went stupid for no good reason ********SPOILERS*********

When he was with the blind man...why didn't the blind man just say "hey, this guy's alright...no need to beat him" (for that matter, the little girl could have said something too). I actually liked the look of the monster, but the speed and ease in which he learned to talk, converse, think, adapt, read, reason etc etc etc etc was just impossible. The the movie started jumping all over the place with no reason. "Meet me at the frozen lake on top of some big ass mountain". "Ok" says the Dr. Then suddenly he's rock climbing some 90 degree ice mountain with his hands & a knife. He gets to the top and the monster is right there waiting??? then he pushes him back down some "water slide-type-ice thingy". Dr. hits the bottom, and the onster is right there again????? Impossible. It would have taken even the fastest monster (like the wolfman) at least 15 to 20 minutes to get down there. Then the whole, makin a franken-bride in about 30 seconds was stupid as well. It should have taken days, if not weeks & months, not minutes...it's not like he just microwaves the bodies and they're ready to go. Then suddenly, the are in the artic having a funeral on an iceberg??????what the!!! Then Suddenly there is an earthquake and it was like a scene out of The Day After Tomorrow...this is supposed ot be a Frankenstein movie. Anyways. Some of the scenes were laughable (although they were trying to make it serious). A piss poor job all around, yet I watched the whole thing, and kinda enjoyed the badness of it...does that make any sense at all?
motleymitch wrote on November 1, 2005, 1:09 pm
Yes, it does. I think I liked it SLIGHTLY more than you, but it was still kinda ballsy-wallsy. I appreciated Branagh doing the story as it's written in the original book, not the Boris Karloff standard that we all know to be Frankenstein. A thinking, speaking monster with moral dilemmas, and severe loneliness. But yeah, that whole action sequence ending was a little much.
Check the original book, it's a good read.

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