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I thought this was a very interesting take on Mary Shelley's
Frankenstein and the people and history surrounding it's creation. It's
slow but worth the wait, beautifully filmed. Hugh Grant and Valentine
Pelka do a fine job. Thankfully there is less of Grant's girlfriend of
the time, Liz Hurley. She should stick to modeling.
The use of the monster as an omen of death is very interesting.
I didn't really know much about the life of Shelley or Byron before this movie.
Be aware there is some nudity, but it is not what I would consider gratuitous. I looked it up. Shelley really would walk around his house nude. He even answered the door once with no clothes.
The locations are absolutely fabulous. I so want to tour Europe and stay everywhere this was filmed.
I really loved the music and wish there was somewhere with a more detailed list of the pieces used. There is a list of the composers in the credits, but they all wrote a lot of music. Which Beethoven piano sonata? Which Mozart? You could spend a lot of time trying to find the music. There is no soundtrack released that I am aware of so you're out of luck if you want to listen to the music in the car.
If you can get the DVD or VHS on sale, worth it. But I wouldn't pay full price.
Although the story of how Mary Shelley came to write her famous horror
FRANKENSTEIN is a familiar one that has been touched on in quite a few
movies, there is always room for a different viewpoint and probably there
the germ of a good idea here but something went horribly wrong. It could be
a case of too many cooks which often happens in these international
co-productions. It has obviously been heavily cut but I don't think the
edited scenes would have helped any, we would have just been bored for
longer that's all. The acting is generally poor and the actors are miscast
especially Hugh Grant as Lord Byron who has none of the brooding qualities
one associates with the poet and who also looks downright ridiculous in
of the costumes even they may be historically accurate. There are one or
two rather pretty scenic shots but that's about it.
The whole thing ends up as so boring I would suggest it as a cure for insomnia but the music is so inapt and irritating is would probably have the opposite effect.
One to avoid.
This was amongst the worst films I have ever encountered. The cinematography was dull, with long tedious shots (like a camera on a tripod filming a stage play) interspersed with "dramatic" angles that made little sense to the content on screen. The editing was terrible, scenes matched together with the delicacy of a butcher. The plot hinged on the viewer being familiar with the historical night in which Mary Shelley wrote frankenstien. The acting was forced, with the type of character development that left you with an intense interest in seeing each of them die horribly (the sooner the better).
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