Hello, my darling readers!
With today’s movie we officially reached the 90s with four more films of this decade to come. For now, I want to share my thoughts on Frankenstein, a film that’s been on my list almost as long as the book it’s based on. I can finally tick off the adaptation, so I hope I have time for the novel soon as well!
Victor Frankenstein is an ambitious young man. When he moves to Ingolstadt to become a doctor, an old promise prompts him to step outside the boundaries of what should be possible. Ever since his mother passed away Victor has been obsessed with finding a way to conquer death.
Well, some things should not be allowed to rise again…
This was a lot. With a runtime of over 2 hours, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is quite long for a horror movie. As I haven’t read the book yet, I don’t know which parts of the film come from there but honestly, I could have done without a lot of the stuff going on.
Let me explain. The story of Frankenstein’s monster is told in retrospect by Frankenstein himself, who happens to be somewhere around the North Pole looking for his monster when he runs into an expedition. That part of the story is rather weird and for me, it didn’t tie in with the rest of the film at all. If they had just left out this intro and the bit at the end, we wouldn’t have missed a thing.
Kicking it off with young Frankstein striving to be a doctor when his mother dies would have been enough of a beginning to set the tone and would have made a rounder overall picture. Unfortunately, that’s not the only thing I have to criticize.Continue reading