Halloween Horror: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

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!

The Plot:

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…

The Rating:

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.

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Book vs. Movie: Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Hey Guys!
Those of you who follow my blog might have read my first book vs. movie post on Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie and the very frist adaptation made in 1974. Of course I had to check out the new film as well. So let’s see how the 2017 version holds up!


The Plot:
Hercule Poirot just wanted to relax on the train while making his way back to London. He’s out of luck. One wintery night a murder occurs and as the train is snowed in, it’s upon Poirot to solve the crime and catch the killer…


Book vs. Movie:
I have to admit, this is the first Agatha Christie novel I ever read. The first thing I noticed was that it’s definitely from another time. The story features some statements that today you would call racist. The book was written in 1934, so I guess stuff like that was common at that time. But reading it was rather irritating and I frowned at my book a great deal. Otherwise, this is an interesting crime story that comes with a big twist at the end. Although I am not 100% sure that all of it actually makes sense.
So let’s see about the film.
First of all. Kenneth Branagh is brilliant as Hercule Poirot. He radiates warmth and depth but also cleverness. Another point I appreciate with this Poirot interpretation is the sense of humor. Compared to the book or even the first adaptation, this Poirot shows more dimension and is simply a more fascinating character.  Continue reading