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An empty marriage,
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This review is from: The Bride [DVD] (DVD)
!!!WARNING. MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!
During a very heated episode of 'Whose Bride Is It Anyway?', Baron Frankenstein(Sting) and his creation, the monster with no name(Clancy Brown) have a tiff leading to a fire in the lab. The Baron rescues his new creation, the female Eva(Jennifer Beals), but his two assistants Dr Zahlus(Quentin Crisp) and Paulus(Timothy Spall) perish. The Baron thinks the monster has also died in the fire, but in fact it escapes to the countryside, where it meets a friendly entertainer Rinaldo(David Rappaport) whose off to the join the circus in Bucharest. They have many adventures together, and Rinaldo gives the creature a name-Viktor. Meanwhile, the Baron's busy with his D.I.Y Eliza Doolittle, teaching her how to behave in polite society. One thing the Baron doesn't realise is that his two creations have a psychic bond with eachother. When one is in pain or angry, the other feels the same emotions.
Director Franc Roddam assembled an interesting, eccentric group of actors, and had beautiful sets to play with, but manages to waste both by directing in such a perfunctory manner. The film fluctuates from syrupy sentimentality with Viktor's buddy relationship with Rinaldo, to sterile scenes in Castle Frankenstein, with the Baron sitting around a lot looking very surly and admonishing his creation. Most of the actors are wasted in their roles, Rappaport coming off best as Rinaldo, but Clancy Brown makes for a very underwhelming monster, Sting seems disinterested in proceedings and oh look theres Phil Daniels sporting a ridiculous mullet as a sinister carny thug.
One thing that is for certain, and that is the film looks gorgeous. So a glossy, pain free experience, but not much substance under the stylish exterior. A dissapointing 2 out of 5
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Initial post: 29 Nov 2011 18:17:12 GMT
You should confine yourself to a brief overview of the film without telling too much and spoiling it for others. If you want to be a professional film critic amazon.co.uk is NOT the place for it.
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2011 21:15:02 GMT
Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett says:
Point taken. I'll put a spoiler warning at the top of the review
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