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A brave attempt and very nearly pulls it off
This was never going to get a constant high grade (which it deserves) because of the legacy of the Karloff version. Brannagh wanted to do a 'true' version from the book but if he had, people brought up on the Karloff version would never have accepted it (...what, a beautiful creature with long flowing black hair, superhuman speed and strength and a beautiful way with language... where was the flat-headed, neck-bolted green-skinned grunting stumbling 8-footer?). Likewise, fans of the book wouldn't accept the film if he used any of the 1930's 'mistakes'. Brannagh was left with this connundrum but I think he managed to pull it off... meeting both camps halfway, so an 'ugly' Creature who becomes almost eloquent whose hair has not yet regrown/was burned. Brannagh really does deserve more credit for this film... he even managed to include episodes of Shelley's experiences in the film (electricity experiments...thunder, frog and hand) for reference to the author (Elizabeth is actually Mary Shelley in character). I would have given it a 10 except that young victor shouldn't have been played by Brannagh because he doesn't convince as a teenager.