24 July 2018
Haifaa Al-Mansour (Director)
Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth
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.