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Mary Shelley (2017)

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Life and facts of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, who at 16 met 21 year old poet Percy Shelley, resulting in the writing of Frankenstein.

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Haifaa Al-Mansour

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elle Fanning ... Mary Shelley
Bel Powley ... Claire Clairmont
Owen Richards ... William Godwin
Joanne Froggatt ... Mrs. Godwin
Stephen Dillane ... Mr. Godwin
Andy McKell Andy McKell ... Man #1
Maisie Williams ... Isabel Baxter
Derek Riddell ... William Baxter
Hugh O'Conor ... Samuel Coleridge
Bill O'Brien Bill O'Brien ... Scottish Guest
Douglas Booth ... Shelley
Martin Phillips Martin Phillips ... Deacon
Ciara Charteris ... Harriet Shelley
Chloe Vos Chloe Vos ... Ianthe
Pat Hickey Pat Hickey ... Hunched Backed Man
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In 1814, Regency-era London, Mary Wollstonecraft-Godwin is a 16 year old aspiring writer working in the bookshop of her father, renowned writer William Godwin, now re-married to Mary Jane Clairmont after the passing of his first wife, philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft. Mary Jane's daughter, Claire Clairmont and Mary have become close stepsisters. Whilst visiting Scotland at the house of one of William's friends, Mary meets the 21 year old poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and an instant attraction sparks between them. Returning to London a little time later, Mary unexpectedly meets Percy again when he appears at her house, asking William to take him on as an apprentice. Fascinated by Percy, Mary begins a bohemian and torrid relationship with him, despite the opposition of her father and her stepmother, especially after they discover Percy is married with a daughter whom he supports but no longer loves. Determined to be free and live on her own terms, Mary flees with Percy to live together, ... Written by Chockys, updated by Shannon Britton-Jones

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The Life That Inspired Frankenstein See more »


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Rated PG-13 for sexuality and thematic elements including substance abuse | See all certifications »

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UK | Luxembourg | USA | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,570, 27 May 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$97,321, 8 July 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,787,083, 4 September 2018
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mick Jagger read Shelley at a concert in Hyde Park in 1969, soon after the drowning death of The Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones. Shelley's first wife drowned herself in Hyde Park in 1816. See more »

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In one of the scenes that take place during the stay of Mary in Scotland, while the characters walk through the field, a group of lumberjacks is cutting logs. But although they raise the ax and the blow is heard, it is clear how their tool does not touch the wood. See more »

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This might have worked better as a six hour TV mini-series.
1 July 2018 | by PairicSee all my reviews

Mary Shelley: This film is a tad confused as it tries to fit so much into a 2 hour running time. There is the romance between Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth) and Mary Wollstonecraft (Elle Fanning); her freethinking father William Godwin (Stephen Dillane); her deceased mother Mary Wollstonecraft the author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman; the affair between Mary's stepsister Claire Clairmont (Bel Powley) and Lord Byron (Tom Sturridge); then there is the tale of the Swiss villa where the Frankenstein story was conceived. Mary even has a nasty stepmother (Joanne Froggatt).

Booth and Fanning both look exceedingly pretty and it's certainly lust if not love at first sight but somehow there are no real sparks in the relationship. Shelley is a cad who has deserted his wife and child and now hopes to have free love with Mary and more on the side. The real fire rages between Powley and Sturridge even if his Byron portrayal is somewhat reminiscent of Jason Isaacs plying Zhukov. The Swiss scenes where Frankenstein was thought up are surprisingly low key with Polidori (Ben Hardy) providing the main interest.

This might have worked better as a six hour TV mini-series. 6/10.


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