Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

It might seem odd that, in a page dedicated to paganism and neopaganism, you can find the review of a movie taken by what can easily be regarded as the most famous horror book of all history. It could seem odd only if you have never read the book and you know the story only through old Boris Karloff's movies...

Actually Mary Shelley's tale is something quite different from the stereotype of popular culture. It is actually, first and foremost, a book on personal responsability (and what's more pagan than this?) and about the relationship between man and Nature and the limits it imposes to us: in a time where the scientific hybris tries to cancel all the barriers that Nature had built, a book like Mary Shelley's should be, in my personal opinion, studied in the first year of any scientific school and faculty. The call that this book makes to personal responsability can't ever be overextimated and should be clearly present to everyone, especially today. Isn't it curious as a book written two centuries ago can be so prophetic and modern?

The movie we present, appropriately titled Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to claim from the start its philological adherence to the original text and thus clearly marking its difference from all the other movies with a similar title, is masterfully directed by Kenneth Brannagh, who also plays the lead role; together with him we find Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Hulce and a superlative Robert De Niro as the Creature. Highly recommended.