This’ll be another short one, folks. I’d like to point out that I haven’t seen the original Frankenstein, but due to how the original has been so prominent in our culture, I was able to follow this film okay.
After the events of the first film, both Henry Frankenstein and his monster (Boris Karloff) survived the fire. The monster is forced to live in a world that hates him, while Dr. Frankenstein
Now, this film isn’t scary. I don’t mean that it was scary back then but it’s cheesy nowadays. If anything, the film has held up really well. It’s just that this film wasn’t meant to be scary. It was meant to make you think. The monster is never scary, he’s a tragic figure. And although I haven’t read Mary Shelley’s novel, I’m still able to understand the context behind this story.
Probably the most famous scene from this film is the scene where the monster meets the blind man. For a moment, the monster is not only accepted, but he has a true friend and companion. If things had worked out differently, maybe both of them could have been happier. As for the titular character, I was actually kind of disappointed. Everyone knows the Bride Of Frankenstein. But… how do I put this. Jacki Weaver did more in Silver Linings Playbook than The Bride does in her own movie. For all we know, she could’ve been a good guy.
But, I guess every major group of people needs on female member, so i guess that’s why the Bride got the reputation she has.
Don’t let that last bit throw you off, this is a great film. Those who haven’t seen the film may just see it as a cheesy horror film. But it is a great film. Not a masterpiece by any means, and you do have to be prepared for this kind of movie. But it is an enjoyable film that any movie-buff may want to check out.
It’s really amazing to think how the president of Universal Studios, back in the 30s, didn’t want to have anything to do with horror movies when you consider how valuable horror movies ultimately were to Universal. I do like this movie. If you get a chance to read Shelley’s novel, do so. It treats the “monster” quite differently (he actually educates himself and would probably be able to enter society were it not for his appearance). But yes, both the novel and Universal’s take on Frankenstein do share the notion that our actions have consequences.