Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Based on Mary Shelley's novel, "Frankenstein" tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a promising young doctor who, devastated by the death of his mother during childbirth, becomes obsessed with bringing the dead back to life. His experiments lead to the creation of a monster, which Frankenstein has put together with the remains of corpses. It's not long before Frankenstein regrets his actions.
It actually took me a hour after the movie ended to figure out if I liked this movie or not. This Frankenstein movie is unlike any Frankenstein movie I have seen. It is probably the closest movie to Mary Shelly's novel out there....I could be mistaken as their are countless versions of her book.
In this one Kenneth Branagh plays Dr. Frankenstein and Robert DeNiro plays the monster. You get lots of the standard Frankenstein classic moments like...the blind man, the death of a small child, the creation of life scene and fire being the monster's kryptonite. What you do not normally get is the monster questioning Frankenstein on things like....the virtues of good vs evil, does the monster have…
Do you share my madness?
My love for the cinematic Frankenstein begins in the 1930s and seems to have a hard time going past the 1960s with a few comedic exceptions. After learning of director Paul McGuigan being in pre-production of yet another take on the classic tale with James McAvoy in the Victor Frankenstein role and Daniel Radcliffe as Igor it reminded me of that "faithful adaptation" that is 20 years old this year... that I had actually never seen.
Considered to be the most faithful adaptation of Mary Shelley's original 1818 novel, it also manages to sneak in quite a few nods to previous films as well. Unfortunately all this doesn't make for a particularly great…
I've seen the Universal Monster Movie with Karloff, and that was many years ago. Being a fan of De Niro, I was interested in seeing this.
Said to be much truer to Mary Shelley's novel, this is nothing more than a melodramatic, over the top film. Victor Frankenstein is a man who is obsessed with wanting to conquer death. On the eve of his graduation he tells his lover that when he returns from his studies he will marry her. Of course this all has to do with the fact that Victor's mother has died. Upon meeting Professor Waldman begins to discuss sciences and theories with him, including that of reanimation, but tells Victor to not attempt to do it…
Granted there are some really cool moments and some pretty good acting, but it's just too ridiculously over the top and melodramatic to take seriously. It takes itself way too seriously and in turn, the tone is ridiciculous and at times, it's just laughable. On my second watch, it somehow feels even more ridiculously over the top. Like I said there are some great moments to be had. The story is still a great and complex story even if it is poorly executed and pretty cheesy. While much of the cast goes too over the top, there are some very good performances from the likes of Kenneth Branagh, Helena Bonham Carter and Robert De Niro. De Niro isn't as great as he usually is, but I think he is believable and does a good job with what he's given. This is pretty flawed, but it's not a terrible film and I appreciate how faithful it is to the classic novel.
A very ambitious film, at times, maybe a tad too ambitious for its own good. It has its ups and downs.
Mary Shelley's novel 'Frankenstein' is constantly vying with Yevgeny Zamyatin's anti-utopian story 'We' for the crown of 'my favourite book'. However, up until recently, I still hadn't seen Branagh's interpretation of the Modern Prometheus.
A couple of reasons why, I guess. Firstly, I expected it to be awful. It has Bobby De Niro as the monster, an actor who I like but just couldn't see in this role at all, and Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in it. I don't have a problem with Branagh generally, but still a bit odd isn't it? Co-produce and direct a film where you've given yourself the title character? Hmm.
But it was a fairly faithful adaptation of the novel that only changed the…
It has taken 63 years. But finally a movie is made that is truly worthy of being compared with the original from 1931.
Being a true fan of the original Universal Monsters, I'm always eager to see what kind of interpretations new writers and directors will make. There have been many, many Frankenstein movies throughout the times, not all of them are even worthy of being mentioned in the Frankenstein universe. This one definitely is.
The screenplay is both true to the original movie and the novel, perhaps even more true to the novel than the 1931 adaptation, right down to the "foreword" by Mary Shelley. Still, the screenwriters managed to get some of the clichés one would expect, like…
Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel is an imperfect cinematic work whose two biggest flaws were: it was too fast-paced since it attempts to cover in barely two hours many details of the novel's plot (Branagh tried to be very faithful to the source material and this leads to the movie's other big flaw); and, in my opinion, by trying to be so faithful, the film's ambitions were probably bigger than the movie's own merits.
However, the movie's merits were enough to make it a solid work and a really good movie in spite of everything. The acting was remarkable and also were its production values, the music, and the stunning cinematography which helped to build its terrific atmosphere.…
Fairly overwrought but I appreciated Bob de Niro's attempt at Shelley's proper creature.
Terrible first half, excellent second half. Branagh is very sub-par here for some strange reason.
The effects are good but its a very poor adaptation.
First off, Happy 71st birthday to Robert De Niro! What a guy. He stars as the creature/monster/ugly brute or whatever you want to call him. I believe that the most tragic element of the story of Frankenstein is that Frankenstein's creature is never given a name.
It has been said that this film is the closest to the orignial story by Mary Shelley and I will say that the two are fairly similar but for time's sake some creative license is taken and events are altered. I find this especially annoying because I will probably be tested on the book at one point and run the risk of meshing the two stories to together but that's not Kenneth Branagh's fault.…
"I'm da Frankenstein monsta." Robert De Niro
Worthless. Branagh amps up the melodrama present in but not key to Shelley's fantastic classic - and handles that melodrama piss-poorly, too.
Dark, gothic, sad, gloomy, tragic, with a teensy-weensy bit of romance, all mixed in one. Great movie.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Salem's Lot
- 100 Feet
Horror movies I've seen. List copied from my IMDB account. It will keep expanding.
In no particular order.
- The Hand
- The Fog
- The Quatermass Xperiment
- Motel Hell
Monstervision was the TNT cable network's Friday (and later Saturday) night block of horror and sci-fi flicks, hosted from 1995-2000…