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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

  • Drama
  • 1994
  • Kenneth Branagh
  • 118 mins
  • 15

Summary

An idealistic but obsessive scientist builds a living creature from the body parts of corpses, then abandons his creation to its fate. However, the monster survives, and tracks his creator down to make a sinister request - with terrifying repercussions if his demands are not met. Gothic horror, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh. With Robert De Niro and Helena Bonham Carter.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Kenneth Branagh's version of the much-filmed story is as pompous as it is perverse in the way it wastes not only his own talents (as Victor Frankenstein), but also those of Helena Bonham Carter (as his betrothed) and Robert De Niro (as the monster). The creation of the creature is undoubtedly spectacular, but the rest of the movie is not a fraction as frightening or funny as the 1931 classic with Boris Karloff. In attempting to keep faith with the original novel, Branagh concentrates too much on design and content, and loses the heart and soul of the story in the process.

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Credits

Cast

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Creature / Sharp-featured manRobert De Niro
Victor FrankensteinKenneth Branagh
HenryTom Hulce
ElizabethHelena Bonham Carter
Captain WaltonAidan Quinn
Victor's fatherIan Holm
GrandfatherRichard Briers
Prof WaldmanJohn Cleese
Prof KrempeRobert Hardy
Victor's motherCherie Lunghi
Mrs MoritzCelia Imrie
SchillerHugh Bonneville
ExecutionerJim Carter

Crew

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DirectorKenneth Branagh

Details

Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, brief nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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