Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994) short review

Too dark of a tale for my tastes, but that’s just me.  Obviously Mary Shelley had some REAL issues with that whole Scientific Revolution thang.  Kenneth Branagh is great as Victor Frankenstein, Helena Bonham Carter great as his love interest — de Niro is “eh” (that’s a so/so noise) as the monster.  Carter gets some great gowns, although they’re definitely Hollywood-ized… but too much of the story (for me) focuses on the really dark aspects of the story (I know, that’s what it’s about) for me to enjoy it.  Rent it and fast forward through the non-HBC scenes.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.