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
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 »
Frankenstein is one of the greatest novels ever written. It was brilliantly conceived and executed and significantly ahead of its time. The Hollywood-ization of this novel is usually lacking all merit of the work, missing the novel's primary question: who was the greater monster-- the creature or the doctor?
This movie takes great liberties in dramatizing the life of the author prior to her writing the book. It does so fairly well-- to the point of discomfort in how women were viewed and treated in those intellectually stimulating but socially dark times. The climate of England and surrounding areas was one of bigotry, inequality and extreme prejudice. This film presents the despair of such times quite well, drawing the viewer into the potential feelings of the author when writing the book.
That is the weakness of the film: it is largely conjecture. As a work of fiction it does reasonably well. Lovers of gothic romance may be entranced (if unsettled) by the presentation and emotional darkness of the film. For what the writers and directors were attempting, they achieved to an extent. However the storytelling is somewhat interrupted and set back by unwarranted flashbacks and other film gimmicks that detracted from the reality of the story. One such gimmick is nowhere more obvious than at the very end of the film where they present a spoken line quite important to the movie-- AFTER text blurbs discussing the lives of the main characters. Such was poorly done and interrupted the flow of the movie right at the end-- in my opinion an unforgivable sin in movie making. (I might have given this another star were it not for that significant flaw in directing.)
As to the accuracy, that is likely irrelevant. This is a dramatization, and that's the simple truth of it. Whether the story is accurate or not is secondary to achieving its purpose. It tells the intended story decently-- just not well enough to draw in the viewer and make itself believable. It focused too greatly on inconsequential things of no matter to the story, and too little on issues of potential greatness. As such it was worth watching, but viewers might not expect storytelling anywhere near the expertise of the original novel.
To the viewer who wrote of hating the novel and enjoying the Hollywood monster movies much more-- everyone has personal opinions, but it is a sad situation when a novel the quality and impact of Frankenstein is not understood and appreciated, more so when publicly boasted.
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