Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Be Warned. It's Alive
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.
Overwrought, overlong, and played at the loudest of volumes, Kenneth Branagh's operatic take on "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" is admirable in its sheer commitment to its blaring sensibilities. The film boils over with gothic passions and a lack of subtly, but it is, nonetheless, engaging.
Branagh's presentation of Shelley's classic work blends fully-rendered cinematic production design and theatrical style into the gothic tale. The novel's thematic mix of God-playing, life, death, and science are present, flowing from a script that follows the narrative path of that novel and never strays too far from it: Victor Frankenstein makes a monster out of the parts of dead men and pays the price. It is both science fiction and horror.
Branagh and company may…
Ugh. This had so much potential, but the whole thing is just so overdone. Way too melodramatic, overacted beyond belief, and it carries a tone that's all over the place. Now I haven't seen any other adaptations of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, but this takes many liberties when it comes to the source material. One new plot development involving Helena Bottom Carter's character was intriguing at first, but kind of lost steam immediately afterwards. This, along with many of the notable sequences from the novel, are extremely rushed here, while the non-essential family moments go on for what seems like eons. And most surprising is the fact that Robert De Niro is actually pretty bad as the Monster. Could have been much, much better.
I really wish Francis Ford Coppola had directed this instead of just signing on as the producer. I would have loved to have seen his take on this, especially after just finishing Dracula.
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…
Kenneth Branagh's adaption of Frankenstein has a lot going for it on paper. It's a near-direct adaption of the source material, it's got a large and highly talented cast, and it's director has already made a name for himself when it comes to adapting literature. Alas, none of these aspects are able to shine through in this tonally jumbled and silly mess of a film.
I'm really amazed so much went wrong here. Branagh is usually not one to overindulge himself in his work, but everything about this film is just too much. The performances are ridiculous and at times laughable, the romance is awkward and over-the-top, and the graphic horror aspects just seem random and shocking with how oddly…
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…
While some of the melodrama and scenery-chewing (most surprisingly, the latter not coming from Robert De Niro) can be a bit too much, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is an appropriately gothic and visually lavish take on the Modern Prometheus as well as the most faithful adaptation of the classic sci-fi/horror novel, with excellent production designs, strong direction from Kenneth Branagh, fine performances (even in spite of the overacting), some good character development, lush cinematography, and a fantastic musical score from Patrick Doyle.
Francis Ford Coppola presents Kenneth Branagh's Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a brilliant adaptation of the original novel . . . except when it isn’t . . . which is unfortunately very often.
This is also known as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and in narrative terms it turns its back on Hollywood and Hammer and returns to the original story. But the original novel was a strange affair, never quite certain what it was doing - this might have been partly due to the youth of the author, maybe because the conventions of the modern novel were not fully set and writers did not necessarily aim for narrative/thematic integrity. So, in the long central section of the book the Creature learns to speak and read by observing the family: it's an investigation of the idea that people began as blank pages, that in our origins we were all equal...but it doesn't really fit with…
These are some random thoughts I had while watching Frankenstein (1994) dir. Kenneth Branagh:
*Robert De Niro is such a bizarre choice for the Creature
*Poor creature though :( I felt so bad for him
*That scene with Frankenstein and the Creature where they were naked, oiled up, and writhing on the floor was a work of art
*They somehow managed to make this even more incestuous than the book. Wow
*WHO said this book needs a faithful adaptation lol :/
*This is not a faithful adaptation at all anyway... even Young Frankenstein sticks more to the plot of the book tbh
*The music is so intrusive
*Did ice cubes exist in the late 18th century?
*By making Frankenstein a…
Kenneth Branagh is a really shitty dad.
I appreciate that they tried to be as close to the book as possible but it felt unnecessarily drawn out and long.
A well made if overly long film. It has a great cast and solid production. Robert De Niro is get as the creature. There's a real grim feeling of death throughout the film. Apart from needing some parts cut that just drag out the story is well told. Great music in it. A good horror about the danger of obsession and playing god.
Frankenstein is one of the most re-worked franchises in movie history. Seriously, there has to be over 10,000 different versions it seems like. With Batman in a close second. And think of all the foreign movies or movies you’ve not heard about that feature a monster created in a lab. (Reader don’t you dare use this chance to bash Obamacare) Mad props are due to the first Frankenstein movie. Go watch it if you’ve not already.
Turns out that movie did not follow the book very much, and I’m ok with that. It’s the process of taking an idea and making it work for the audience. The same thought was added to this version. Well, maybe. It came out in…
a dull version of a thing. honestly i'm pretty burned out on trying to describe bad movies in one sentence. sorry.
so they attempted to make a faithful adaptation but did a shitty job of it and then ran the other way. it's so overwrought and cheesy. such a shame. :(
i'm really disappointed. a truly faithful adaptation of the book would be incredible and scary. but apparently screenwriters think they know better and make unnecessary changes. then there's the bad directing and bad acting in here. come on already.
they really sucked out everything good about the Shelley story and made something horribly boring. also Frankenstein's monster was NOT made out of criminals' body parts - that was invented by Universal. the original story was much scarier and more 21st century.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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