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Not as thrilling as you'd be reasonably entitled to expect
I'm a sucker for artist biog movies.
The storyline is interesting to keep you watching - well, keep me watching, anyway - as it runs through the events and experiences which supposedly contributed to the writing of Frankenstein. I don't know enough about her actual history to say how true or not is is but it seems feasible in a movie sort of way.
One aspect of life at that time it does highlight is the (little) regard in which women and creative women were held.
The stars are excellent. Douglas Booth in particular makes a text-book Shelly.
So, what's wrong with it?
Well, it generally lacks drive and it's not as gripping as you're probably entitled to think a movie about the creator of Frankenstein should be. There are masses of fantastic characters - Shelly, Byron, Godwin, Polidori - but their interactions are mundane. There is one tense scene where Shelly and Byron meet but it all just fizzles out and reverts to the mundaneness which had gone before.
It's interesting as a possible biog and worth watching if you enjoy these types of movie but it just doesn't have the pizazz to make it stand out.
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