I must confess, first of all, that I found out about the premiere of this movie by chance; the trailer came out as an Instagram ad, it caught my attention before knowing what was it about and decided to see it till the end. Hadn’t this coincidence happened, I wouldn’t have realized that the movie was in the theatres. This great surprise made my very happy. As a good lover of the great classics and good weirdo who reads the biographies of the authors that she likes, I couldn’t miss it for anything in the world.
Before saying anything I want to make it clear that I didn’t read a single criticism before seeing it, after all I never do it. The tastes of each person are unique and by letting ourselves be influenced by the opinions of others we lose a great variety of options.
Focusing already on the film, the first thing I want to make clear is that it is a biographical work based on the life of Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus. By this I mean that it is not a movie for those who only look for special effects and action.
First of all I want to make clear that the scenery and photography are impeccable throughout the film, making great use of various resources to differentiate the reverie from reality and give the film that gothic air that envelops the author herself.
On the other hand I think it’s pretty true to the biographies I’ve read of Mary Shelley. Obviously everything is very dramatized because, after all, it is a film and has to attract the public.
However, I am forced to admit that there are times when the film is too slow, especially at the beginning, and this can make it end up being too long for those who aren’t used to this type of cinema. Anyway, all this is compensated with the part that takes place Lord Byron’s mansion, which, in my opinion, is sublime.
In short, the biggest problem that I put to the movie is that hardly anything comes out of Frankenstein’s novel (it’s true that the film isn’t about it but about how Mary came to write it, but even so I was longing for a bit of it).
I think I give a 7.5 to the film and I tell you with all my heart to ignore the criticism because it’s worth seeing.
If you have read Frankenstein or if you plan to do it, this film perfectly explains everything that led the author to write such a story, to speak so perfectly of the abandonment and the dark feelings that it entails.
Before finishing, I can only say that Mary Shelley was an admirable woman and that she should be one of the greatest icons of feminism. She lived in a time in which the woman served to have children and take care of them, in which we should only be pretty and be quiet; but she decided to have a voice, she decided to fight for her dream no matter what might happen.