The film adaptation of Frankenstein by K.Branagh

We have seen in class the film adaptation of the gothic novel Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus written by Mary Shelley (in 1818). It was directed by Kenneth Branagh, and produced by Francis Ford Coppola in 1994. In addition to his director role, Kenneth Branagh also played the main character of the film, Victor Frankenstein. The creature was played by Robert De Niro, and Elizabeth, Victor’s fiancée and adoptive sister, was played by Helena Bonham Carter.

Although this movie is the most faithful to  Mary Shelley’s book, there is some differences : in the book, Professor Waldman is a secondary character, but, in the film, it is him who inspire Victor (with his book where it is written how give life). Also, in the book, Elizabeth is strangled by the Creature. In the film, her heart is pulled out by Frankenstein’s monster.

My opinion is mixed : I think a book like Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus can’t be adapted because there is lot of details that we can’t missing out. I was a bit sceptical, and I also think that the begining was to long and really boring. One thing I really liked in this film is the makeup, and I understand why those makeup artists were nominated for the Oscar of the best makeup ! It was really worked, and realistic.

Few anectodes : Gérard Depardieu was early suggested for the role of the Creature and Sean Connery was asked to play Professor Waldman.

2 thoughts on “The film adaptation of Frankenstein by K.Branagh

  1. I agree with you, there are many descriptions in the book so unfortunately movies cannot be faithful to the book.
    On the other hand , I really like Helena Bonham Carter ! I watched an other movie with her : BIG FISH . have you ever seen it ? I love this movie ! it’s a little magic too and the morality of the movie is beautiful !

  2. Film adaptation is another way to discover the story. I think if the film is like the book, it can’t be interesting for everybody. I’m not sure if I explain well .. And, to answer at your question, yes, i’ve seen Big Fish, and that’s true, Helena Bonham Carter is a good actress. But I think she plays better in film like Sweeney Todd or Alice in Wonderland ..

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