See a monster’s softer side in ‘Frankenstein’

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By The Staff

UNM-Los Alamos’ Monster Movie Thursdays continues at 6 p.m. Thursday in the UNM-LA Lecture Hall, Building 2, with a modern adaptation of Frankenstein in “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” (R rating).

The movie is free and open to the public.

Filmed in 1994, Kenneth Branagh directed the film and stars as Victor Frankenstein.

This rich interpretation focuses less on the typical “monster movie” flair and more on the complicated and integral connection and struggle between Victor and his scientific monstrosity, played by Robert Di Nero.

Branagh’s version explores the good and evil of both characters, examining both of their humanities and their souls.

In addition, the film stresses the tight family ties of the Frankenstein family and alienation of the monster in a way that more closely follows Shelley’s story than other film adaptations.

As Branagh stated, the story of Frankenstein “reveals so many observations about family life and incest, father-and-son relationships, and husband and wife relationships. (Frankenstein) speaks loudly to people, partly because it’s so elusive … it’s certainly more than just a monster story.”

The incredible supporting cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Hulce, Aidan Quinn and John Cleese.

Dr. Mickey Marsee will give a brief introduction to the film.

The college’s Monster Movie Thursdays series will continue with “Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (2004) on July 8; “Picture of Dorian Gray” (1945) on July 15; “Island of Dr. Moreau” (1977) on July 22 and “Blade Runner (1982 rated R) on July 29.