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Mary Shelley (2017)

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Life and facts of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, who at 16 met 21 year old poet Percy Shelley, resulting in the writing of Frankenstein.

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Haifaa Al-Mansour

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Emma Jensen, Haifaa Al-Mansour (additional writing by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elle Fanning ... Mary Shelley
Bel Powley ... Claire Clairmont
Owen Richards ... William Godwin
Joanne Froggatt ... Mrs. Godwin
Stephen Dillane ... Mr. Godwin
Andy McKell Andy McKell ... Man #1
Maisie Williams ... Isabel Baxter
Derek Riddell ... William Baxter
Hugh O'Conor ... Samuel Coleridge
Bill O'Brien Bill O'Brien ... Scottish Guest
Douglas Booth ... Shelley
Martin Phillips Martin Phillips ... Deacon
Ciara Charteris ... Harriet Shelley
Chloe Vos Chloe Vos ... Ianthe
Pat Hickey Pat Hickey ... Hunched Backed Man
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Storyline

In 1814, Regency-era London, Mary Wollstonecraft-Godwin is a 16 year old aspiring writer working in the bookshop of her father, renowned writer William Godwin, now re-married to Mary Jane Clairmont after the passing of his first wife, philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft. Mary Jane's daughter, Claire Clairmont and Mary have become close stepsisters. Whilst visiting Scotland at the house of one of William's friends, Mary meets the 21 year old poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and an instant attraction sparks between them. Returning to London a little time later, Mary unexpectedly meets Percy again when he appears at her house, asking William to take him on as an apprentice. Fascinated by Percy, Mary begins a bohemian and torrid relationship with him, despite the opposition of her father and her stepmother, especially after they discover Percy is married with a daughter whom he supports but no longer loves. Determined to be free and live on her own terms, Mary flees with Percy to live together, ... Written by Chockys, updated by Shannon Britton-Jones

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The Life That Inspired Frankenstein See more »


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Rated PG-13 for sexuality and thematic elements including substance abuse | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Luxembourg | USA | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mary Shelley See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,570, 27 May 2018

Gross USA:

$108,900

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,096,600
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Maisie Williams and Stephen Dillane have also acted in Game of Thrones (2011). They never shared any scenes. See more »

Goofs

In one of the scenes that take place during the stay of Mary in Scotland, while the characters walk through the field, a group of lumberjacks is cutting logs. But although they raise the ax and the blow is heard, it is clear how their tool does not touch the wood. See more »

Quotes

Harriet Shelley: Evidently you are a stranger to scandal, Miss Godwin. Did you know I ran away with Percy when I was a girl? Idealism and love give us courage. But they do not prepare you for the sacrifice required to love a man like Percy.
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Crazy Credits

Even though the movie is clearly based on real people, including of course Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, Claire Clairmont and many others, the end titles include the ridiculous disclaimer that "The characters depicted in this motion picture are fictitious, and any similarity to the history of any person is entirely coincidental." See more »


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Conjecture and taking of liberties
3 June 2018 | by SnootzSee all my reviews

Frankenstein is one of the greatest novels ever written. It was brilliantly conceived and executed and significantly ahead of its time. The Hollywood-ization of this novel is usually lacking all merit of the work, missing the novel's primary question: who was the greater monster-- the creature or the doctor?

This movie takes great liberties in dramatizing the life of the author prior to her writing the book. It does so fairly well-- to the point of discomfort in how women were viewed and treated in those intellectually stimulating but socially dark times. The climate of England and surrounding areas was one of bigotry, inequality and extreme prejudice. This film presents the despair of such times quite well, drawing the viewer into the potential feelings of the author when writing the book.

That is the weakness of the film: it is largely conjecture. As a work of fiction it does reasonably well. Lovers of gothic romance may be entranced (if unsettled) by the presentation and emotional darkness of the film. For what the writers and directors were attempting, they achieved to an extent. However the storytelling is somewhat interrupted and set back by unwarranted flashbacks and other film gimmicks that detracted from the reality of the story. One such gimmick is nowhere more obvious than at the very end of the film where they present a spoken line quite important to the movie-- AFTER text blurbs discussing the lives of the main characters. Such was poorly done and interrupted the flow of the movie right at the end-- in my opinion an unforgivable sin in movie making. (I might have given this another star were it not for that significant flaw in directing.)

As to the accuracy, that is likely irrelevant. This is a dramatization, and that's the simple truth of it. Whether the story is accurate or not is secondary to achieving its purpose. It tells the intended story decently-- just not well enough to draw in the viewer and make itself believable. It focused too greatly on inconsequential things of no matter to the story, and too little on issues of potential greatness. As such it was worth watching, but viewers might not expect storytelling anywhere near the expertise of the original novel.

To the viewer who wrote of hating the novel and enjoying the Hollywood monster movies much more-- everyone has personal opinions, but it is a sad situation when a novel the quality and impact of Frankenstein is not understood and appreciated, more so when publicly boasted.


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