Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley

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"The real-life story of Mary Shelley, and the creation of her immortal monster, is nearly as fantastical as her fiction. Raised by a renowned philosopher father in eighteenth-century London, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin is a teenage dreamer determined to make her mark on the world, when she meets the dashing and brilliant poet Percy Shelley. So begins a torrid, bohemian love affair marked by both passion and personal tragedy that will transform Mary and fuel the writing of her Gothic masterwork." -- (Source of summary not specified)


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Jul 16, 2019

3* was a slow movie. Ok I guess.

Jul 12, 2019

It's a slow moving movie that dragged on. Wasn't a great movie. Or even a good one. Just "meh". If you don't have any real interest in Mary Shelley, I wouldn't bother with this film. Read the Wikipedia page for the plot instead.

Jun 22, 2019

I picked up this DVD almost as an afterthought while exiting the library. I like films of substance with true drama and am further pleased if it is based on historical occurrence. I was aware of Mary Shelly's work---the result of a literary challenge---but didn't know much at all about her life and circumstances. I can succinctly say---after viewing the film--- that it is truly astounding! The depth of dialogue and the depth of feeling contained in this production deserves much praise. Rather than being a typical period film, "Mary Shelly: The Life That Inspired Frankenstein," instead directs and encompasses the viewer into the very core of the characters. One is simply immersed in layers of alternative ideology, rebellion, young and carefree hopes, love, loss and tragedy. The emotional tour 'd force drags one through the muck of social prejudice and convention, hypocrisy, disillusionment and human failure. Yet when all would seem almost lost and misery ruling the day, a jolt of truth and hope arises. This is a serious film with serious subject matter which deserves our attention if one is willing to confront both historical honesty and the hazards of life. Most of us have read Mary Shelly's classic "Frankenstein or the Modern Myth of Prometheus," but how many of us have recognized this drama unfolding in our own lives and those around us?!

Jun 17, 2019

This movie has everything going for it but the script, which drags things out too long and only ever seems to go for the surface-level details. A very mundane, by the number biopic.

Jun 03, 2019

This was a very long, slow movie. Her life was interesting and I loved Elle Fanning playing the role, but not enough happened in her life to warrant the length.

Apr 22, 2019

See some very good comments on this film in the comments section of the DVD listing. Elle Fanning is a very talented actor. I did not know the story of Mary Shelly, so it was a interesting watch. Good movie.

Groszerita Mar 11, 2019

Interesting movie.

Jan 22, 2019

I really enjoyed this movie. It's always difficult for people to admit the Injustices that were committed against others. This movie does a good job of spotlighting how frustrating it is to have your voice taken from you. Great movie!!

Jan 07, 2019

A well made but rather conventional biopic of Mary Shelley;the author of Frankenstein and wife of poet Percy Shelley. The movie mostly focuses on the backstory and life events that lead up to the creation of the iconic Frankenstein novel(though the creature is never called by that name in the book) and the difficulties Mary Shelley had in publishing the book and receiving full credit. The story sometimes can veer into CW type of soap operaness but at others time it shows more intriguingly Shelley's life with a radical liberal father,the first strides of electricity and science in the early 1800s and her husband's bohemian free love and free thought circle with the outright arrogant and anarchic Lord Bryon stealing the show at times.

Dec 21, 2018

While an incomplete summary of Mary's life, this movie adaptation is compelling on many levels. I'll be re-reading Frankenstein with new eyes.

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