Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
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Director Kenneth Branagh's interpretation of Mary Shelley's classic horror novel stars Robert DeNiro as a terrifying monster created in an obsessive attempt to defeat death and stretch the limits of medicine in the early 19th century. With the use of flashback, a dying Dr. Viktor Frankenstein (Kenneth Branagh) divulges a tale of gruesome terror to a sea captain (Aidan Quinn): As a medical student, the rebellious Frankenstein elaborates on the work of a brilliant scientist (John Cleese),
Nov 4, 1994 Wide
Aug 7, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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As this movie switches, unevenly, from swashbuckling adventure to classic horror to frilly-shirted romance to campiness to graphic gorefest, there's no telling what you're watching.
Something more substantial than Hollywood's typical, fitfully entertaining fluff.
The Creature is on target, but the rest of the film is so frantic, so manic, it doesn't pause to be sure its effects are registered.
Branagh's ambitious take succeeds as a cautionary tale about true monstrosity: hubris and man's inhumanity to man. But one man's operatic style is another man's unintentionally comical excess, and...Frankenstein certainly tempts fate... [Blu-ray]
Clearly, one person's authentic homage is another person's overwrought teeth-gnashing fest, as Branagh's film never hesitates to slop on the melodramatic mustard.
Uma das mais fiéis e complexas adaptações da história original, respeitando seus temas principais mesmo que desviando-se, aqui e ali, de pontos específicos da trama.
Different look at the old Frankenstein story, directed by Branagh.
A sub par effort on one of the most frequently ill adapted stories ever made
For all its attention to detail and special effects, this version lacks the pathos and tragedy in the complex and ambivalent relationship between the father-creator and his creature-monster; De Niro is misguided by director Branagh.
It's Greek tragedy, and when its characters utter invocations to the gods in turn, it manages to feel cheesy in exactly the right way.
What can I say? I found the bravura and chest-thumping intriguing. I don't even feel guilty saying that.
As wrongheaded as Coppola's Dracula (in different ways), Frankenstein is all bluff, bombast and bargain-basement borrowings from Ken Russell's Gothic.
An interesting concept by Branagh, and a touching De Niro performance. It is hit-and-miss at times, a bit overwrought.
A noble failure, but a failure nonetheless.
Branagh's directing style is soupy and derivative of all the wrong movies.
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- Sharp Featured Man: I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with all. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.
- Sharp Featured Man: You gave me these emotions, but you didn't tell me how to use them. Now two people are dead because of us. Why?
- Dr. Frankenstein: There was something at work in my soul which I do not understand.
- Sharp Featured Man: And what of my soul? Do I have one? Or was that a part you left out?
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