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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

Credited cast:
Ben Hardy ... John Polidori
Elle Fanning ... Mary Shelley
Maisie Williams ... Isabel Baxter
Bel Powley ... Claire Clairmont
Douglas Booth ... Percy Shelley
Stephen Dillane ... William Godwin
Joanne Froggatt ... Mary Jane Clairmont
Tom Sturridge ... Lord Byron
Derek Riddell ... William Baxter
Hugh O'Conor ... Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Stuart Graham ... Publisher
Ciara Charteris ... Harriet Shelley
Jack Hickey ... Thomas Hogg
Sarah Lamesch ... Eliza
Mella Carron Mella Carron ... Girl in park
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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 Chockys

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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

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mary Shelley - Un amore immortale See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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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

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Maisie Williams and Stephen Dillane have also acted in Game of Thrones (2011). They never shared any scenes. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Mary Shelley (2018)
29 May 2018 | by rockman182See all my reviews

I had only previously read excerpts from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, but it's hard to deny the endearing legacy the novel had in literature and even in cinema. I was pretty hyped to see this because it seemed intriguing and also because it was clearly Elle Fanning appreciation weekend. After making the assumption that most of the events in the film are fairly accurate I must admit that I enjoyed this film.

The film follows the early life of Mary Shelley and her first love to Percy Shelley. Percy was a bit of a philanderer but Mary persevered because she loved him. She experiences heartbreak and loss through her early years but then comes upon circumstances where she is able to write her own novel in a competition. Of course, this novel comes to be known as Frankenstein. However, its tough for Mary to get the credit she deserves for it because it was not common for women at the time to be known for their writing. Also, her husband was already an established writer so people assumed it was his story.

I'm a fan of both of the Fanning sisters but I think Elle is the better actress. After seeing her in this and How to Talk to Girls at Parties, I can see her dedication and how committed she is to a role. She is a strong point as to why this film is enjoyable. I also liked the set and costume design was very accurate for period detail. Technically, the film looks the part so its nice to stare at. I haven't seen Haifaa al-Mansour's previous effort but feel inclined to check it out since I enjoyed this biopic enough.

I'd say the main weakness of the film is its lack of focus on Frankenstein. The film is primarily focused on Shelley's love life and then kind of kicks into focusing on her writing efforts but even so the film does not really illustrate the importance of the work or the profound effect it has on people. They cover the inspiration for the work but I don't think its nearly enough. Overall, a pretty solid film with flaws but one thats heralded by a strong lead performance.

7/10


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