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…
"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.
I saw this in the theater. I didn't think it was very good. I think an unknown actor as the monster would have been a better choice. It would also have been interesting to see a visual style similar to Coppola's Dracula.
man i don't even know
kbran is my longest-running crush and he basically had a 10 minute shirtless scene where he rolled around in amniotic fluid so i was very confused about my feelings
also i think the monster threatened him with a threesome
I don't get the seemingly universal panning of this film. Solid performances all around that stayed rather true to the story and was visually appealing in it's delivery.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein begins to fall apart almost immediately. There are two responses the film can elicit: root for Frankenstein to achieve his goal of creating life or hope he comes to his senses, realizing what he stands to lose is far worse than what he stands to gain. But the film fails to effectively evoke either. Frankenstein’s motivation, the loss of his mother and his mentor, is understood intellectually but never felt emotionally. This is deeply problematic when the motivation itself is emotion driven rather than intellect driven. Plus the rhythm of the experimentation sequences is interrupted by repeatedly cutting back to Elizabeth, diminishing the visceral thrill of watching a mad scientist at work. On the other hand, we…
A classic story and a classic remake, I must say I like this era in De Niro`s films.
An absurd and overblown version of Mary Shelley's story, but it does have some effective moments of horror, albeit overshadowed by just how over the top it all is.
It's really a 2* movie, but gets a bonus * for all its glorious madness.
- 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
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