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A Movie review on Kenneth Brannagh's Frankenstein.

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A Movie review on Kenneth Brannagh's Frankenstein. The movie is an adaptation of Mary Shelly's novel, "Frankenstein." In this film, very few things differ from the novel. This film is underlined by very strong and emotive morals that are seen throughout the movie in many different forms - the most obvious is that obsessions can result in dramatic and terrifying consequences) Brannagh displays to the viewer how harmful these obsessions can be through emotive, painful, gruesome, and theatrical scenes. The dramatic portrayals of the consequences of the actors' ambitions are palpable to the observer. The movie opens with dramatic scene of a ship and its crew stranded on an island on their venture to the North Pole. The cyclic narrative story begins when Walton's crew hear loud 'growl' like noises coming from the mountains - Frankenstein's creation. Frankenstein appears, cold and fearful and he begins to narrate his life to the crew. This is a bid to try to stop Walton forcing his crew to continue on to the North Pole. Victor tries to warn Walton that blinding ambition is the most destructive weapon ever known to man. Frankenstein starts to tell his story from the beginning, to the time when Frankenstein was a young boy. Frankenstein's recollection displays that he had a very happy somewhat unrealistic childhood and a very close relationship with his mother. ...read more.

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Frankenstein is wallowing in his self-absorption and work on his creation. He begins to lack basic grooming and hygiene and loses all care and consideration for anything except the creation. Brannagh emphasises this by setting him in a dark, dull, gloomy attic with complete isolation, all Frankenstein does is work, eat and sleep (yet sometimes he even lacks eating and sleeping.) As soon as Victor reaches closer to the end of his project plague spreads through the town. Elizabeth, although Victor has neglected her for such a long period, goes forth to fetch him and save him from the plague. When she gets there victor is in a state of panic and has to hide all his work. (This is where you begin to wonder weather he knows what he is doing is wrong and whether he is ashamed of himself). When Elizabeth sees him she is disgusted with the state he has allowed himself to become accustomed to, frustrated as he still refuses to explain why he has not replied to her letters, but still craving for him to love her and welcome her. Victor still refuses to leave as his project is so close to completion yet begs Elizabeth to leave. Elizabeth does leave yet still confused. It is here where it is most blatantly obvious that Victor has not considered and of the consequences as he rushes to finish his creation so, he may soon leave. ...read more.

Conclusion

The special effects uses by Brannagh through out all the murders of Victors family are brutal, gruesome yet still realistic. In addition, make up is very effective during this stage of the film. Frankenstein realises that there is only on way he will be able to save Elizabeth (The only one not murdered yet) and that is to make a compromise with the creation it self. The monster promises that if Frankenstein will make him a mate then he will disappear never to be seen again. Frankenstein agrees! As Victor prepares to make another monstrosity the creation tests Frankenstein on how inhumane he may be and brings him Justine for raw materials, Victor refuses to cut her to create another being for this monster. This respect for Justine is soon disregarded when the monster kills Elizabeth; Frankenstein brings Elizabeth back to live using parts of Justine's body also (This does not happen in the book, but it emphasises how thoughtless and rash Victor becomes when he is obsessed i.e. over Elizabeth or his work.) When Elizabeth realises what has been done she is horrified and kills herself, again there is a form of self-sacrifice that happens to try to accomplish something good and godlike. Frankenstein follows the monster to the North Pole and this is where they meet Walton and where the story begins. This is a very good novel, and Brannagh has successfully adapted into a film that is poignant and effective in morals and effects. ...read more.

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