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'Mary Shelley's Frankenstein' is well-worth watching

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein


Yesterday, this column reviewed the classic 1931 film "Frankenstein." A newer movie version of "Frankenstein" came out in 1994. This version is much more faithful to Mary Shelley's celebrated novel than the original.

"Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" is set in the late 1700s and stars Kenneth Branagh as Dr. Victor Frankenstein. This version begins at his childhood. As a kid, he meets Elizabeth, who will one day become his wife. As an adult, he goes to medical school and learns a lot about the human body. He becomes obsessed with the idea that he can bring a person back to life. This obsession worries Elizabeth (played by Helena Bonham Carter) and his friends because they feel he is playing god. He does bring a corpse back to life, but after doing so, he is disappointed in himself. Frankenstein's creation (played by Robert De Niro) escapes and creates terror.

This movie is directed by Branagh. Like his other films, it is often very over-the-top. He gives a great performance as Dr. Frankenstein. We see why his character becomes obsessed and we feel sorry for him.

The other performances in the film are equally compelling. Robert De Niro does great work as the creature, who becomes smarter as the story moves on. Helena Bonham Carter is also strong as the long-suffering Elizabeth.

This movie is well-worth seeing for fans of the "Frankenstein" story.