"Frankenstein is an old classic about a scientist who creates a monster and the awful events he unintentionally causes. Victor Frankenstein is a hard-working young man at university who discovers how to give life to an inanimate body and uses his knowledge to create a man-monster. He believes his discovery will lead to further scientific advances but when he succeeds in bringing his creation to life he is filled with loathing." -The Guardian
Mary Shelley was born on August 30, 1797, in London, England. She married poet Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1816. Two years later, she published her most famous novel, Frankenstein. She wrote several other books, including Valperga (1823), The Last Man (1826), the autobiographical Lodore (1835) and the posthumously published Mathilde. Shelley died of brain cancer on February 1, 1851, in London, England.
IMPRESSIONS ON THE PLOT
What does the plot make you think of?
The plot made me think about how important the appearances have always been in the society. The monster, altough was friendly and kind, was considered dangerous and aggressive due to how it looked. Even the creator, who was supposed to be protective towards the creature, was terribly frightened by it. The plot shows how lonely a type can be if it does not conform to society's standards.
The book made me feel sad because I could identify myself in the monster. Indeed sometimes it is hard to be understood, even by those who are suppoused to be the closest figures in our life. It is also true that we often judge a book by its cover and we should learn that it is what is inside that really matters.
- Language and communication
What are the striking changings you notice?
First of all the protagonist is not dr. Frankenstein but his grandson, Victor Frankenstein, who is a professor in a medical school. Victor reputes is dead granfather mad and refuses to be considered part of his family (he even changes his surname not to be recognized). Due to his granfather's will, Victor is forced to return to Transylvania, where he finds a book called 'How I did it' written by his grandad. The story repeats itself, but in a comic key. Victor finds some weird assistants who will help him during his adventure.
The director decided to add a lot of events in order to make the story more appealing and fun to watch. Basically everything in the movie comes from the director's immagination exept fot the structure, which follows the story of Mary Shelley.
What about the setting? Is it faithful?
The setting is very faithful. Brooks uses black-and-white photography that catches the feel of the earlier films. The “Frankenstein” laboratory, with its zaps of electricity, high-voltage special effects, and elevator platform to intercept lightning bolts, is extremely realistic.
What about the soundtrack?
The music had been adjust to the right degree of squeakiness, in order to make the movie seem older than it actually is. The sound of the violin is repeated a lot of times in the movie and becomes really important in the progress of the plot.
I liked the decision of the director to transform a tragic story into a comic movie and I think it really revoluzionises the narration. Even if I liked the film and I thought it was funny, I found it hard to remain concentrated for all the duration of the movie. According to my opinion the film adaptation alternated moments with a slow rhythm to moments where too many things happened all at once.