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Movie Review: 'Mary Shelley's Frankenstein'

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Helena Bonham Carter, Kenneth Branagh, Robert De Niro, Tom Hulce
director:
Kenneth Branagh
genre:
Horror, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B

Directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh, this new version has fine, perverse touches, but in the end it’s strangely listless. Robert De Niro’s creature is a haunting image. Head shaved, with barbed-wire stitches curlicued across his face, he lumbers through the snow like a deranged monk. But then, as he prepares to confront Frankenstein (Branagh), the ”father” who created and abandoned him, something unexpected happens: The dramatic life begins to seep out of the movie. The key problem is Branagh’s own performance. As Frankenstein, he’s too wholesome — a kind of fervid workaholic yuppie who never seems truly possessed of a dark side. B