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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

Writers:

Emma Jensen, Haifaa Al-Mansour (additional writing by)
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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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Storyline

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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Her Greatest Love Inspired Her Darkest Creation See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

UK | Luxembourg | USA | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mary Shelley See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,570, 27 May 2018

Gross USA:

$108,900

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,096,600
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Haifaa Al-Mansour becomes the first Saudi female director ever to direct a Hollywood film. See more »

Goofs

When Mary is in Scotland and the lumberjacks are "chopping wood", the axe hits are heard instantly as the axes hit the wood, without the delay that would result from sound having to travel to where the main characters are walking. See more »

Quotes

Harriet Shelley: Evidently you are a stranger to scandal, Miss Godwin. Did you know I ran away with Percy when I was a girl? Idealism and love give us courage. But they do not prepare you for the sacrifice required to love a man like Percy.
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Crazy Credits

Even though the movie is clearly based on real people, including of course Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, Claire Clairmont and many others, the end titles include the ridiculous disclaimer that "The characters depicted in this motion picture are fictitious, and any similarity to the history of any person is entirely coincidental." See more »


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Over the Hills and Far Away
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Sung as a lullaby by Elle Fanning
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Adapting Wikipedia Article
18 May 2018 | by theolegestSee all my reviews

The main goal of Mary Shelley was to show everything that the heroine went through before writing Frankenstein. In my opinion, it failed. The movie was listing the events in her life, but not in a way that would make you care about any of it.

Moreover, the scene where Mary writes her novel and the movie constantly cuts to flashbacks was corny and kind of insulting. This was such a great potential of showing how artist and their worldview is influenced by the course of their life, but ended up being shallow and very blatant. Some parts, Mary's interest in science for example, felt like writers were going through checkpoints, adding things just because they need to be there for the movie to make sense.

This movie is very similar to The Imitation Game. I loved that movie, but I felt that the source material was so interesting that the Oscar for the best Adapted Screenplay was undeserved. This movie proved me wrong. Anything can be boring if you are uninspired enough, apparently.


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