Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Film Review: Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley
24 July 2018
120 mins
PG-13
Haifaa Al-Mansour (Director) 
Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth
Drama/Biography

The love affair between poet Percy Shelley and 18 year old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, which resulted in Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein. (IMDB Synopsis)

Mary Shelley is, in some ways, a difficult film to review. It's a sumptuous period drama, which is something I always enjoy, and I particularly liked Douglas Booth's portrayal of Shelley. However, overall, it didn't completely work for me. I found Elle Fanning's performance a little lacklustre, lacking in passion, and overall, while pretty and watchable, the movie lacked a sharp focus or any really sense of drama. For me this is a 3.5-star film. It has some good things going for it, and is worth a single viewing, but it could have been so much more.

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