- 06 Jul 18
Overly polite biopic of Frankenstein writer fails to come to life...
The life of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley (aka Mary Wollenstonecraft Godwin) is a compelling tale of control, fear and abandonment – even without her story of a monster and his creator. The daughter of philosopher and women’s rights advocate Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary was a feminist and political radical. Three of her children died young, and when her groundbreaking novel was published, many refused to believe that she, and not her husband, had written it.
Combined with Mary’s love of the gothic and macabre, a biopic of her life should be provocative and moving.So why does Haifaa Al-Mansour’s film feel so staid and polite?
Much of this traditional biopic focuses on Mary’s (Elle Fanning) meeting and relationship with married Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (Douglas Booth), whose financial irresponsibility and belief in free love – but not mutual respect – makes for a tumultuous relationship.