[Tears of respect] (Nice dreaam : a 'by *insert name*' on a book cover.) I have some problems with this one (films about writers/poets are the ones I'm the most picky about), but there's also a lot to commend: for one it is directed, written, produced, scored & edited by women (directed by a Saudi director too!) passes Bechdel while mixing indie faces from TV's best with cinema's nu-indie while making a compromise ▽
So very, very wrong. A laughably poor attempt to capture any of the complexity of Shelley's works and literary circle, with wildly amateurish and unsubtle dialogue and painfully miscast actors (save for Stephen Dillane, who is the saving grace as per).
Dull, cliché. A soap opera, no metaphysics. Shelley is such fascinating and troubled character but we never get across her surface. Script, casting, directing and music feel painfully wrong. Even Lord Byron bores the brains out of me.
Extremely curious that Haifaa Al-Mansour would chose to follow up WADJDA w/ ... this. Ummm. Well, there is no doubt that DP David Ungaro is on top of his game here. However, nothing can save a movie that puts dialogue from a screenplay this resoundingly bad in the mouths of such ridiculous people. One can only hope that the casting was a result of what Hitchcock was wont to derisively call "front office decisions."
Aside from the cliche montage sequence of "inspiration" where the author appears to write the novel in order from beginning to end (and a few other qualms), this is a very surprising and good biopic of a writer, acknowledging (if somewhat tenuously and superficially) Shelley's clear and significant engagement with the intellectual atmosphere of her age and region.
Je n'avais pas conscience qu'une vie d'écrivain était fait de tant de sentiments et d'idées limpides comme de l'eau de roche. Le début est passable, mais le film n'accède pas à sa bascule vers la folie (il manque un peu de Malina de Schroeter ou des Soeurs brontë de Téchiné). Aucune lenteur, pas de renversement, quelques accélérations sans grand effet cardiaque. Le film reste néanmoins un bon divertissement.
Filme göre meşhur Frankenstein’ın temeli, İngiliz yazar Shelley ve eşinin, yazar Lord Byron'un evine yaptıkları tatil sırasında atılıyor. Ancak eserin yazılma süreci geri planda kalırken, şair eşiyle olan ilişkisi, üstelik de tekrarlayarak ve tutucu bir ahlak açısıyla öne çıkıyor. O nasıl bir Lord Byron öyle? Dönemin entelekrüel çevresini de bugünün gözünden yargılamaya kalkan bir bakış açısı var yönetmenin. 5/10
En dévoilant la vie de Mary Shelley, Haifaa Al-Mansour propose de redécouvrir Frankenstein à la lumière d’une vie mouvementée. Un biopic féministe sauvé par l'intérêt de son sujet malgré une forme, trop conventionnelle. Chronique complète à lire sur Citazine : http://www.citazine.fr/article/mary-shelley-genese-monstre