in about 100 words or less
US/Japan 123m, Colour
Director: Kenneth Branagh; Cast: Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hulce, Helena Bonham Carter, Ian Holm, John Cleese, Aidan Quinn.
As an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein (1818), this is a film that is not as faithful as the title suggests, nor does it come anywhere close to serving justice to this Gothic horror story. Though the production design, costuming, and art direction reflect the film’s big budget, the film’s otherwise stellar cast seem miscast, or at least in competition with one another. As a result, this melodramatic mess of a film should have been titled Kenneth Branagh’s Frankenstein, as it seemingly reflects more of the director’s vision than that of Shelley’s classic novel (Klaus Ming November 2016).