Kenneth Branagh has indeed created a monster, but not the kind he originally envisioned.
Watching the movie work itself into an operatic frenzy, one remains curiously detached: the grand gestures are there, but where's the music?
Not frightening, just silly.
Mr. Branagh is in over his head. He displays neither the technical finesse to handle a big, visually ambitious film nor the insight to develop a stirring new version of this story.
Branagh doesn't evoke terror, only repulsion.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
It is, in a word, dullsville.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4