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Frankenstein Version By Kenneth Branagh Essay

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Frankenstein Version by Kenneth Branagh

In 1931 Hollywood made a simplified version of Frankenstein and
stereotyped the monster to be evil with bolts in his neck and a big,
green square head. In the 1960s an English company called Hammer
Horror revitalised Frankenstein movies and Christopher Lee made the
monster look more like a man. All of the Frankenstein movies before
Kenneth Branagh's version had made the monster evil. In Kenneth
Branagh's version of the story he filmed the entire book and tried to
stick closely to the original novel by Mary Shelley. Kenneth Branagh
directed and played the part of Victor Frankenstein, Robert de Niro
played the monster and Helena Bonham Carter played the part of
Elizabeth, Victor's orphan sister, girlfriend and wife.

The story of Frankenstein starts at the end where Victor Frankenstein
is on a ship telling the captain the story of his life. It then shows
Victor as a child, meeting his new orphan sister Elizabeth. The story
then goes to Victor as an adult and his mother dies giving birth to
his brother. This gives Victor the idea of bringing people back to
life using electricity. He experiments on a frog, and it works, so he
decides to bring a human back to life. He uses the body of a man who
was hung for murder. It works on the human but when he realises what
he has done he tries to kill the monster, but does not succeed. The
monster goes to the nearby town but leaves because everyone is
throwing things at him and trying to hurt him. He goes into the forest
and meets a blind man, who he makes friends with, but he has to leave
because the blind man's family think that he is trying to hurt him.
The monster is thrown out of the house and becomes very angry at
Victor for making him. He sits and tries to read part of Victor's
diary. He decides he wants revenge. He meets a boy by the river who is
Victor's brother and he kills him. Victor's family think it was the
housekeeper and she is hung for it. Victor then goes away on his horse
and meets the monster. The monster pushes him into a cave and they sit
and talk. The monster tells Victor that it was him who killed his
brother...

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