Date of publication: 2017-08-24 20:48
The motif of abortion recurs as both Victor and the monster express their sense of the monster&rsquo s hideousness. About first seeing his creation, Victor says: &ldquo When I thought of him, I gnashed my teeth, my eyes became inflamed, and I ardently wished to extinguish that life which I had so thoughtlessly made.&rdquo The monster feels a similar disgust for himself: &ldquo I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on.&rdquo Both lament the monster&rsquo s existence and wish that Victor had never engaged in his act of creation.
And he is thoughtful: "Yes, I speak, and read, and think, and know the ways of man," he says, with an echo of Caliban. And he asks, "What of my soul? Do I have one? What of these people of which I am composed?" The whole issue of the Branagh film is concentrated here: Has Frankenstein created a monster, or a man? De Niro brings a real pathos to the role, and there is agony when he asks the scientist, "Did you ever consider the consequences of your actions?" And his loneliness is palpable: "For the sympathy of one living being I would make peace with all." But the film surrounding these scenes is less satisfactory.
Frankenstein's monster is made of corpses, the heart of a criminal, and some seriously life-giving lightning power (Thor would be proud). But Mr. Monster is actually a pitiable, yearning, totally lovable presence—he has the kind of character you'd get if you crossed a Labradoodle puppy and the Peanut Butter Baby. Unfortunately, he also has the strength of ten men…which leads to more than a few deaths.
Branagh has always been a director cheerfully willing to shoot for the moon, to pump up his scenes with melodrama and hyperbole, and usually I enjoy that (as in " Dead Again " and " Henry V "). Here, however, faced with material that begins as lurid melodrama, he goes over the top.
The very day we announced our engagement, he told me of his experiments. He said he was on the verge of a discovery so terrific that he doubted his own sanity. There was a strange look in his eyes, some mystery. His words carried me right away. Of course I've never doubted him but still I worry. I can't help it.
The book doesn't specify if the monster was created by one man or several or how he was brought to life. I think we can safely guess that the monster was brought to life using electricity because it has such an influence on Victor. SPOILER ALERT. I would also say that is safe to say that the monster was probably created using more than one man because later on Victor tears apart/destroys the monster's companion before he completes her creation. These are just my thoughts and if anyone has anything else they would like to add please comment
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The film's name was derived from the mad, obsessed scientist, Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive), who experimentally creates an artificial life - an Unnamed Monster (Boris Karloff), that ultimately terrorizes the Bavarian countryside after being mistreated by his maker's assistant Fritz and society as a whole. The fact that the monster was named after a scientist was made clear in the film's tagline: