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Kenneth Branagh stars in and directs this adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic horror yarn. Obsessed with creating life, Victor Frankenstein (Branagh) harnesses the power of electricity in order to reanimate the body of a once-dead criminal (Robert De Niro). When he then witnesses the abhorrence of this reborn creature, Frankenstein is appalled and quickly abandons it. However, the creature is aware of its origins and comes looking for revenge.
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 loveable. 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 channelling 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I wanted this version as I feel it's the best, although had to fast forward through the sex scene with a yr9 class!!!Published 1 month ago by RaRaDrama
Very over blown account of Frankenstein's story. Just look at the humour in it and you'll like it. Especially the pyrotechnics. They were spectacular darling.Published 7 months ago by Mike Curtis
Not the usual film I'd choose to watch, but I'd just read the book so it was interesting to see how the film portrayed it. Enjoyed it!Published 7 months ago by Jean Waring