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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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Branagh's directing is far from Coppola's brilliance in "Dracula", but he has a better script. The film is full of melodramatic excesses, but it's also bold, unflinching and bigger than life. And De Niro is wonderfull.
ל"פרנקנשטיין" של בראנה חסר הבימוי המבריק של "דרקולה" של קופולה. מה שנחשף כאן הוא המושג של בראנה בבימוי קולנוע זה לסובב את המצלמה על סטדי-קאם סביב השחקנים או להריץ אותו מהר לקראתם. מה שכן, התסריט של "פרנקנשטיין", שפרנק דרבונט המעולה הוא אחד מכותביו, הוא די נפלא, מה שמפצה על מגבלות הבימוי. בכל אופן, אף על פי שהסרט די נקטל בזמנו, בראנה מגיש כאן גרסה אולטימטיבית, אופראית במעוף שלה וגם במלודרמטיות המוקצנת, שגם לא מסתפקת בפאן שטחי, אלא מישירה מבט לעבר המיתוס של פרנקנשטיין בלי למצמץ ובלי לחשוש ללכת עד הסוף עם האימה. התוצאה, למרות שהיא מוגזמת כמעט בכל פרמטר ולא היה מזיק לה מעט עידון ושקט, היא חוויה קולנועית יחודית ומרתקת. חוץ מזה, היצור של דה נירו הוא נפלא.
Kenneth Branagh attempts to do for Frankenstein what Coppola did for Dracula. It does not lack for ambition, and that's good. It may be overripe, but it's got a few good scenes of thrill and wonder - it's hard not to get caught up in Victor's enthusiasm when he's got all this creature parts together and decides, "Hell ya, let's do this thing!"
He sure hams it up throughout, and seems to have encouraged the rest of the cast to do the same, except De Niro, who plays it quiet and sensitive (at least, until he hulks out). There have been so many sleepwalking, who-gives-a-shit performances from De Niro in the last twenty years and it's great to see him…
Kenneth Branagh, directing this film, be like:
"Yo! Actors! Be dramatic as F*CK!! Really. As if your life depended on it! I know Frank Darabont has written a fine script, but you won't get paid unless you overact your asses off!"
WHY couldn't Coppola have done this?!?
Reanimating a corpse is never easy. I have very little experience with it, but you need to remember a few things. Body parts don't grow on trees, although having access to a clutch of cadavers is handy. Electric eels need to be bought and cared for. Maintaining a vat of tepid ectoplasm is a must but an absolute pain to clean up. If you have an eery gothic warehouse to perform your experiments you already have a leg up.
Kenneth Branagh's version of Frankenstein is bad. This is a shame as the production design is magnificent. It is reminds me of the classic Universal Frankenstein films of the 1930s. It's not shot in black and white, but the curving staircase…
Despite it's talent and it's okay effects this movie will go down as a generic remake of a much better film.
As much of a boondoggle as I remember, but a fun one, and not without some great and gaudy images (bloody too). DeNiro's bronx beast has aged terribly (it was a woeful miscast in the first place), but some of the older effects (a la it's better twin, Coppola's Dracula) look great. Don't get me wrong - not a great film - but the sort of gothic throwback I like to revisit occasionally.
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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Horror movies I've seen. List copied from my IMDB account. It will keep expanding.
In no particular order.