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May 4, 2019
AFI 100 Greatest Films - #87: I enjoyed this much more than I expected, most likely due to the amount of emotion and sympathy the Monster was surprisingly able to elicit from me. The sets, costume/makeup, sound effects and acting all blended well and were of a much better quality than I would have anticipated from the date of this film.
April 8, 2019
Him use bad brain. Next time use good brain.
March 14, 2019
A CLASSIC MUST WATCH FOR ANY HORROR FAN
March 6, 2019
May have been great in its era, but it hasn't aged well and I'm not pretentious enough to pretend it has.
February 19, 2019
Taking a different take on the classic tale, yet still showing respect to the themes of the original, filled with some of the most iconic characters and lines in cinema history, and of course Boris Karloff as the monster. A true masterpiece of cinema.
February 17, 2019
From beginning to end, this movie is absolutely classic. Every scene is memorable, from Henry and Fritzâ(TM)s digging the graves to the little girl by the pond. This is a must see if youâ(TM)re a fan of monster movies.
December 6, 2018
Frankenstein is a pretty good monster movie. Colin Clive was great in it. He played the role of victor Frankenstein who was the doctor that made Frankenstein with his own hands. I have so many memories of watching Frankenstein a lot. A few monster movies I have seen they are a lot popular and I grew up watching them. And Boris Karloff fit the monster of Frankenstein well.
½ November 29, 2018
This movie is not perfect, but it is darn close. It deserves its Fresh rating, especially considering how old it is. Also consider that director James Whale is in only his second year of directing. While it could be argued that the original material does most of the job on its own, Mr. Whale did little to stand in its way. It can also be argued that this is also some of the best work of both Colin Clive and Boris Karloff. Mr. Clive walks a fine line between genius and psycho, while Mr Karloff strikes a balance between a creature requiring sympathy and one deserving judgment. Beautiful film. All serious movie-goers should see it.
November 2, 2018
An absolute classic that still holds up to this day (even though it's completely different from the book it was based on).
October 27, 2018
Amazing for its time and still holds up pretty well.
October 3, 2018
Fantastic movie, one of the best classics.
½ September 20, 2018
A truly groundbreaking film that is still interesting to this day. It fails to scare anymore, but makes up for that with a beautiful plot. The acting is superb for that era.
August 21, 2018
One of the best movies of the 30's and one of the best horror / drama movies ever. Without a doubt a fantastic film. Highly recommend.
July 31, 2018
Copied and ripped off for decades. This original vision of Dr. Frankenstein monster is still the best and most effective. Boris Karloff truly molded the visual style of the monster into what it would forever be known. Atmospheric direction by James Whale also helps.
May 1, 2018
Even tough it strays away from shelley's boom, Frankenstein manages to create an aghasting suspenseful story that even to this day thrills audiences.
April 20, 2018
Em 1818 a jovem Mary Shelley escreveu um drama gótico que foi descrito por um crítico da época como "ficção muito ousada". Poucos anos depois, o livro deu origem a diversas peças teatrais e em 1910 foi feita a primeira adaptação cinematográfica do livro numa curta-metragem muda. 21 anos mais tarde, após o sucesso crítico e comercial de Dracula (1931), o realizador James Whale conseguiu a derradeira interpretação do monstro com o filme Frankenstein (1931). Não só fez do ator Boris Karloff uma estrela internacional, como criou a imagem da criatura que perdura na consciência popular mais de 85 anos depois.

O filme começa com um aviso a informar-nos que estamos prestes a testemunhar uma experiência aterrorizadora e que devemos abandonar a sala caso não estejamos preparados para o choque. É interessantíssimo como a primeira vaga de terror no cinema americano teve tanto impacto na cultura popular vigente. Atualmente, qualquer filme para mais de 12 anos tem mais conteúdo gráfico do que Frankenstein, mas continua a ter uma história com uma complexidade admirável e foi dos primeiros a ter a genuína intenção de intimidar.

Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) é obcecado pelo conceito de criar vida. As suas ideias perigosas levaram-no a sair da universidade, pois os cientistas não o deixavam progredir os seus estudos lá. Persistente, decide criar um laboratório num castelo isolado para continuar as suas experiências com corpos que roubava do cemitério. Numa negra e turbulenta noite, ele conseguiu animar um corpo composto por partes de pessoas diferentes, que o próprio cozeu. Mas o seu sucesso depressa tornou-se em fracasso. Depois da criatura matar o seu assistente corcunda (Dwight Frye), o cientista percebeu que não a podia controlar, e com a ajuda do seu antigo mentor, Dr. Waldman (Edward Van Sloan), Frankenstein planeia eliminar o monstro.

Mesmo quem não é aficionado pelo género conhece vagamente esta história. Mas além dos seus ecos está um filme que tem mérito próprio, principalmente pelo atrevimento de Whale em explorar ao máximo as oportunidades recém descobertas pelo meio. Entre técnicas de montagem básicas, close-ups e long shots, o destaque vai para a inovação dos movimentos da câmara, em contraposição a imagens paradas, que eram mais comuns na época. A combinação de sons como estrondos, pancadas e ruídos estranhos combinados com visuais enervantes como relâmpagos, energia das máquinas e sombras sinistras, toda a atmosfera evidencia uma forte componente do movimento expressionista alemão.

No campo das atuações não há elos fracos, mas existem duas performances memoráveis. Karloff, coberto de maquilhagem, faz com que o monstro seja temível e dócil ao mesmo tempo. Uma figura triste, trágica, mas além do aspeto abominável o ator confere uma sensibilidade humana à personagem que é fundamental para a narrativa. O outro destaque é Colin Clive, que interpreta o cientista louco de forma vibrante e teatral, expressando nuances morais complexas.

Frankenstein é um clássico essencial. Repleto de cenas icónicas, mantém um forte apelo devido à sua direção arrojada e comentário social intemporal sobre a ambição desmedida do homem e os malefícios da ciência.

9,4/10
½ March 30, 2018
When a young scientist named Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) and his hunch-backed assistant Fritz (Dwight Frye) use corpses and electricity to create a human-like monster (Boris Karloff), he thinks that he has mastered the art of giving life. But when the Monster ends up escaping his castle and accidently drowns a little girl, Henry must do all he can, to stop his undead creation...

Although Frankenstein, like Dracula before it, suffers at times from it's lack of non-diegetic music making some scenes boring, the much more interesting screenplay and more exciting setpeices such as the birth of the Monster and the climax at the burning windmill gives this film more rewatchability pleasures.

Boris Karloff's incredible acting as the more sympathetic Monster, Jack Pierce's iconic make-up design and James Whale's much more cinematic style of directing is what ultimately led to Frankenstein futher cementing the start of Universal's monsters.

Apart from a obviously rushed reshot ending, this film deserves it's status as a classic horror fable.
March 19, 2018
This is just phenomenal. There is a reason it is considered a classic. One of my favorite films to this very day. 10/10
March 10, 2018
A film which established Boris Karloff as a horror legend, Frankenstein might feel a bit unfocused at times, but the most famous scenes are still as effective and resonant today as they were almost 90 years ago: Victor screaming 'It's alive!' in a fit of crazed jubilance, the first sight of the vacant, staring Monster, the creature making a fatal error upon first encountering a human being outside of his prison, the townsfolk throwing due process out the window and forming a mob to track the Monster down and kill it. On the surface it's a story of an unwanted creature set loose, but it's more than that. It's a tale of rejection, Playing God, creating something you can't control and having it exposed to a cruel world that shows no love or compassion for it. Nearly everything is iconic, from the characters to the creature to the score to the climax. Frankenstein is a horror staple for a reason, and deserves to be seen by all lovers of the genre.
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