Andrea is a recently sober writer whose career has stalled since she published her debut novel several years ago. She strikes up an affair with Nick, a doctor-turned-writer who is hailed ... See full summary »
On 1814, during Regency era, Mary Wollstonecraft-Godwin is a 16-years-old aspiring writer who lives in London working in the bookshop of her father, renowned writer William Godwin, married by second time with Mary Jane Clairmont after the passing of Mary's mother, philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft, and having a stepsister, Claire Clairmont. Casually, in a travel to Scotland in the house of a William's friends, Mary meets to the 21-years-old poet Percy Shelley, who shows a special interest on her. Returning to London a little time later, Mary unexpectedly meets again with Percy when Percy appears on her house asking William to be his pupil. Fascinated by Percy, Mary starts a bohemian and torrid relationship with him, despite the opposition of her father and her stepmother, specially after to discover Percy as a married man with one little son. Determined to be free and live on her own terms, Mary flees with Percy to live together, accompanied by Claire, who wants to live far from her ...Written by
After Claire goes into Lord Byron's bedroom, there is a shot of the candle chandelier. The cord used to raise and lower the chandelier, as it is holding up the chandelier, would be taut with the weight, yet there is a slack arc in the cord. See more »
This film could easily be titled The Rise of Elle Fanning
I know there are some erudite comments about the accuracy of the story, but as this is just a story and does not claim to be an autobiographical account of Mary Shelley's life, I feel some inaccuracies matter less.
The key thing for me is that the story was so excellently written using a diluted language of the day so as to be clearly understandable, and so brilliantly directed that there was never a dull or irrelevant moment and you felt encapsulated in the story the entire time, and the acting was so sublime so as to engage me wholly and perfectly both in the story and the execution of the story by the performers.
Elle Fanning has acted such a wide breadth of roles now that she must be viewed as one of Hollywoods finest. I have never been left wanting by any of her films and she always makes me totally believe in her character. For her to slip easily between the mind bending scenes of How to Talk to Girls at Parties and into a thoughtful and intense role such as Mary Shelley shows she has no fear of any role but every skill needed for them all.
My review is based on the writing, direction and acting an thoroughly deserves this almost perfect score.
19 of 30 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this