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The modern motion picture Mary Shelleys Frankenstein directed by Kenneth Branagh was mostly faithful to the books original story written by Mary Shelley in 1816 While Branagh attempted to stay close to Shelleys storyline a few scenes were changed to add more drama to the cinematography The general plot of the story did remain true to the bookDetermined to find a way to defeat death Victor Frankenstein decides to pursue the experiments of his mentor Dr Walden into the reanimation of dead tissue He feels that the best way to cheat death is create life His experiment is a success but when he sees the creature Robert De Niro that he produced he abandons it in horror In comparison to the book Shelley does a fantastic job of describing the dark thunderous evening when the creature took its first breath She describes the dreary night in November as the evening that beheld the accomplishment of my toils Branagh is successful at bringing Shelleys vision to life The night of the creation was full of thunder and lighting which was a necessity to make the experiment a successMary Shelleys Frankenstein frequently differs from the book on plot point but the two are thematically in synch In Shelleys writing she never seemed concerned about the scientific realism of Frankensteins actions She describes neither his experiments nor the practical reasoning that leads to them In the film Branagh does attempt to present some scientific evidence to suggest how the creation of a life might possibly be accomplished The birthing scene in which Frankenstein brings his creation to life via a combination of electricity and amniotic fluid provides a real moment of excitement But Frankenstein immediately declares his experiment a hideous failure and leaves the unnamed offspring hanging from the ceiling Shelley describes the creations abandonment in more detail Because Branagh doesnt do so this scene doesnt have the dramatic affect that was intended by Shelley Branagh also doesnt
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