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Frankenstein Film Review.

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GCSE Coursework ~ Frankenstein Film Review The 1994 film, Frankenstein, is an adaptation by Kenneth Branagh of the original book written by Mary Shelley. The film has an interesting cyclical structure, in which the story begins at the end and, using a narrative technique, Victor Frankenstein relates his story to the crew on board a ship. There were very emotive parts of the storyline; one of the best would be through the quick succession of events preceding Justine's death. Justine is found with Willy's locket, which the monster had placed there as revenge. The consequences are very unjust and hurried, the judges are quick to jump to conclusions and she is murdered hastily without trial. It is so emotional because it is such a speedy, unfair event and the quick chase music adds effect; it is then contrasted with slow, emotive music to let the emotion sink in. Excitement is built up in the film by the music, the weather, the background scenes and the actors/ actresses. Examples of this are when the monster is brought to life and when the monster rips out Elizabeth's heart. The music is loud and dramatic, usually contrasting with the last scene and there is often a storm to symbolise unrest. The background scenes are usually dark with the fore-figures highlighted and enhanced for special effect and acknowledgement. ...read more.

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Victor Frankenstein begins as a man 'one step ahead of the others'; he is very intelligent- if something ever went wrong, then he would be the one to fix it. He resulted in fortune through the adaptation of other people's ideas. The professor knows that his ideas to create a new creature are evil and dangerous which will result in a hideous product; he realised the consequences before he even started, but Victor is a character ruled by obsession. Mingled with this unnatural obsession, is a sense of isolation, which is revealed after even the first few weeks of his project and he becomes a character dangerous to himself. Frankenstein rejects the closest thing to his heart, Elizabeth, and he feels the need to hide the creature from the person he loves, which shows he has a moral conscience, even if he isn't considering consequences at this point in the story. Captain Walton is another character ruled by an obsession to reach the North Pole, a similarity in Frankenstein's increasingly common case, in that he is greatly isolated. 'Outsiders' in the story include Frankenstein and his monster, who have similar characteristics, in that they are both different to others in the world around them. Victor is isolated, obsessed, what someone would call a "maniac", but he genuinely wanted to help the world. The monster is different because he is unique, scarred and disfigured- unwanted by the rest of society. ...read more.

Conclusion

The monster, often unintentionally for these were his natural reactions; part of his personality, inflicts the hatred upon himself. He undergoes deeds considered as demonic, but as revenge, a natural instinct. There are many moral issues throughout the story, the strongest being that, all the innocent people are the ones who die, they are conquered by evil. Elizabeth, Justine and Willy are all murdered unjustly, whereas the monster lives for longer and provokes the murders. Another is that, Captain Walton, although having an obsession for reaching the North Pole, abandons his voyage after hearing Frankenstein's story. Religion plays a large part in Frankenstein, God is referred to several times, for example, when Victor has an argument at university, he is said to be meddling with God and nature through the experiment. Also religion is represented when the monster is thought to be dead and rises in the chains to symbolise the crucifixion of Jesus. Here is a symbolic reading at Victor's death, "God judges everything, good and bad, but also creates evil beings." The whole film was quite confusing and the cyclical narrative at the beginning enhanced this so I was often left pondering over what was happening. I thought that, although there were many changes to the original storyline, for example, when Elizabeth is brought back to life in the film and not in the book, this version was a suitable adaptation and flowed very well, enhanced by the excellent special effects. By Natalie Davidson 10 ZA3 ...read more.

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