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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994)

US/Japan 123m, Colour
Director: Kenneth Branagh; Cast: Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hulce, Helena Bonham Carter, Ian Holm, John Cleese, Aidan Quinn.

frankenstein-1994As 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).

5 comments on “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994)

  1. SJHoneywell

    I watched this a couple of months ago. There was a great deal of potential here–De Niro as the monster! Branagh at a very good place in his career! And Branagh really ended up peeing this down his leg. De Niro is pretty good, but the rest of this is blustery and loud and unfortunate.

    For what it’s worth, I’m not really a fan of the novel. I think it’s pretty blustery as well.

    • Klaus

      Blustery indeed! – I wish i’d said that. It perfectly sums up the tone of this one, and you are right, tons of potential – it looks great on paper.

      I did really like the novel – though it’s been at least 20 years since my last read…

  2. Anthony Lee Collins

    So, this is “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” to about the same extent that the Coppola film is “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”? 🙂

    • Klaus

      Yeah, pretty much, though I prefer Coppola’s film over this one.

      • Anthony Lee Collins

        I’ve always thought that Coppola’s film shows that films which are very strong in some areas and very weak in others can be more fun to watch than movies where everything is competent and professional and approved by various committees.

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