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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (Full Screen) (Bilingual)

Robert De Niro , Kenneth Branagh , Kenneth Branagh    DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
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Let's be honest: this should be titled Wretched Excess' Frankenstein. Swooping, wild, bloody, and energetic, this is bad moviemaking from the best, which makes it all the more lovable. Kenneth Branagh plays Victor Frankenstein, a man so obsessed with conquering death that he decides to create life. What he gets, after a protoplasmic mud wrestle, is a Mean Streets monster (Robert De Niro) that isn't particularly happy to be back from the dead or thrilled about all the stitches. Helena Bonham Carter may, at several points in this film, actually be channeling Ramtha. The supporting cast couldn't be peopled with better performers (Tom Hulce, John Cleese, Ian Holm) but they all look like they're ringside at some Ultimate Fighting competition. A must for any midnight movie collector for the shock factor alone. A hoot. --Keith Simanton

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Frankenstein (Mary Shelley's Frankenstein) est un film américain réalisé par Kenneth Branagh, sorti en 1994.1793. Victor Frankenstein est un jeune savant de Genève apparemment normal, mais la folie savante qui l'agite intérieurement va le pousser à commettre l'acte sacrilège, celui qui défie Dieu : la création d'un être à partir de morceaux de cadavres. La Créature vit, effrayante et puissante. Réalisant la portée de son acte, Frankenstein veut s'en débarrasser mais il est trop tard : la Créature s'enfuit...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" is an incredibly melodramatic adaptation of the book that takes huge liberties with the plot, but I still find it thoroughly entertaining. The movie is perfectly cast, and I think that the embellishments that Kenneth Branagh takes with the story only make the film more enjoyable. Even though I doubt that Dr. Frankenstein ran around without a shirt on as much as Branagh does in the film, most women will probably find it quite enjoyable. Robert DeNiro is amaing in his role of "the creature," and Helena Bonham Carter gives a great performance as Elizabeth. If you're the type of person who detests it when filmmakers stray too far from the text of the book they're adapting, then this film probably isn't for you. If you're a bit more open-minded and are just looking for an entertaining movie to watch, this is a perfect film to add to your collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mary SHelley's Frankenstein May 7 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
ok, im a student in high school, and i can tell the differences in the book and the movie easliy. the movie is nothing like the book, in the first 5 mintutes there are almost 10 thing different from the book, 1. it looks like the monster is chasing victor, 2. the monster doesn't attack the dogs, 3. they don't see the monster off in the distance sledding away 4. no letters to robert walton's sister, 5. Robert walton seems power hungry, 6. the threat of mutiny doesn't happen until the end of the book,
7. victor never brings elizabeth back to life
8. the monster does not kill victors dad
9. the monster all together, hes 8 foot 3, long black hair, yellow skin, black lips, hes not supposed to be white, w/ pink lips and bald, if Mary Shelley was here today i don't think she'd be proud of this movie, its nothing like her book
i have not completly seen all of this movie, but i don't tihnk it should be called Mary Shelley's version, b/c of the obvious differences in which i stated above.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very disapointed April 20 2004
Format:DVD
Being a fan of Branagh and the original book I looked forward with great excitment to this film.
Sadly I was very much let down..not so much because he deviated from the text but the way he deviated. If it had been creative and well thought out I would have been fine with it but what Branagh makes of this amazing story is sadly an arrogant muddle.
De Niro shines in this film as does Tom Hulce..but frankly Helena and Kennth were far too over the top and so iratatingly soap opera like that I was disgusted and tempted to walk out.
As for the multiple cameos that another reviwer complained about, I found nothing wrong with them that is what cameos are small portions of a film.
The grandiose scope of the film worked on occasion but then there was the laughable scene of Branagh slipping and sliding in the goo of his creation, the horror film-like graphic deaths, the ridiculous scene of him in that impossibly long red cape/robe gliding up a staircase with Helena in his arms. Instead of the effect Mr. Branagh probably wished from the audience for these scenes they all just brought out laughter and disgust at his blatant misuse of his skills as a director.
How sad...this and his Loves Labours Lost are definitly his worst films to date...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding interpretation April 12 2004
Format:DVD
It's too easy to think of "Frankenstein" as a monster movie, or maybe a Victorian period piece. It is not. It is about people with skill beyond the wisdom to use that skill. It is about manipulating life, without regard to what happens when the experiment is done. To anyone in twenty-first century biotech, it is a prediction and a warning.
It's also a very good movie. Branagh and DeNiro carry the two lead roles as if they were born (or built) into them. The lab scenes were exceptional, including one of the movie's strongest moments. That was when Frankenstein's creation was dumped, in an amniotic flood, onto Branagh and the lab floor. The doctor catching that wet and feeble adult form, ejected from a metal womb, conveyed just how horribly he had perverted the normal process of birth. The scene is raw and physical. I wish I had words to describe it.
Branagh made no effort to modernize the story or its technology. Any modernization would have looked dated in just a few years, and would have lost its transitory meaning. By keeping the Victorian look and speech, he cut the story loose from any one time. Any future movie of Shelley's prescient work will be judged by this standard.
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3.0 out of 5 stars NOT QUITE SHELLEY'S VISION Feb. 3 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This is a difficult one to assess. Obviously Kenneth Branagh's production of MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN is a sumptuous piece to watch but, unlike Shelley's literary Victor Frankenstein, Branagh makes poor use of the "raw materials" that he has at his disposal for this one. What a wasted cast including Aidan Quinn (who has barely a cameo), Tom Hulce (I think that I might have rather had Hulce as Dr. Frankenstein), Helena Bonham Carter, Ian Holm (another wasted cameo), John Cleese (what was it with putting a mouthful of oversized false teeth in Cleese's head?) and Robert De Niro. But then Branagh always suffers from an overwhelming desire to hog the spotlight.
Branagh's portrayal of Victor Frankenstein goes way too far. Yes, he's supposed to be mad but I found him actually exaggerating the role much as Gene Wilder did intentionally in the wonderful parody YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Branagh seems unable to divorce himself from the stage where overacting is not only expected but also necessary.
De Niro comes close but is still far too repulsive in the role. Shelley's monster is far more endearing and approachable. But then De Niro does an apparently masterful job of portraying Branagh's view of things.
What he loses by misusing his cast he makes up for in the area of cinematography and special effects. The shock value of this film alone makes it worth watching. But do read Shelley's masterpiece first. You can then recognize what has been salvaged and what was unfortunately left behind. Branagh actually comes close with a few scenes but wanders aimlessly with most of them.
An admittedly generous three stars for the cinematography, scenery and for Tom Hulce's tidy performance.
Douglas McAllister
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1.0 out of 5 stars Watch it if you want........
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Published on April 6 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars OF POOREST QUALITY
WHY OH WHY IS EVERY SINGLE THING SO EXAGGERATED? DOES BRANAGH BELIEVE THAT SHELLEY'S WRITING IS OF POOREST QUALITY? Read more
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