Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Hulce, Aidan Quinn, Ian Holm, John Cleese
As Viktor Frankenstein is dying he shares a tale of gruesome terror with a sea captain. Viktor, using previous experiments by a brilliant scientist, was able to bring a creature assembled from body parts back to life. Once he realized how destructive his experiments had become, he abandoned the creature and tried to live a normal life with his fiancé. The lonely creature seeks out Viktor and demands one of two things: a bride or revenge.
This is the review of the movie and not of the book. This is one of the best versions of Frankenstein that I have seen. Here is another one of those movies that is really close to the book.
The special effects in this movie was brilliant. They made Frankenstein's Monster look more like a human pieced together than in any other movie. That body that De Niro was wearing looked real. That scared up face, and that body that was stitched in folding skin to keep it all together. It all looked so slimly and gross. The body alone you been something that you scare the hell out of someone, if they saw that at night. That make-up work was incredible.
The creation of the sets just blew me away. You could just see that if you put all of that stuff in the lab together that you could create a monster as well. The vintage and rust dirty look of the lab captures the time period of the movie. The costumes were beautiful and on point. Everything in the movie looked flawless.
There were some amazing scenes in this movie. The introduction of the Bride of Frankenstein and her accident on the staircase. That was one of the most beautiful scenes in the movie. I loved the way it looked and flowed.
Kenneth Branagh starred and directed this movie. He was wonderful in it. The eye and focus that he had to create this movie and make it work as well as it did. Helena Bonham Carter was great in the movie, and it was early in her career. Robert De Niro was amazing in this movie. It was just had to see him in that role. You just would never think of him playing a part like that. You just forget that it is De Niro playing the part. The rest of the cast for the movie was great. There was really no problems with the cast at all.
This is a great movie that is worth seeing over and over again. If you have not seen this movie, then you really need to go find a copy to watch. It is a movie that is also worth adding to your private collection. Enjoy.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) Trailer