Rent Mary Shelley (2017)

3.2 of 5 from 188 ratings
1h 56min
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When 16 year old Mary Wollstonecraft (Elle Fanning) runs away with poet Percy Shelley, her family are horrified. Your and passionately in love, at first she relishes life amongst the radical Romantics, but as time goes on, Percy's indiscretions begin to test their relationship. One day, on a trip to Lord Byron's mansion in Geneva, Mary is challenged to write a ghost story. Drawing on her experience of heartbreak and the dark side of humanity, she creates Frankenstein, a work that will shape the literary world for centuries.
The tempestuous romance that inspired on of Gothic literature's most influential works is brought to life in 'Mary Shelley', a luscious and moving period drama lead by a powerful performance by Elle Fanning and strong support from Douglas Booth, Maisie Williams and Bel Powley.
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Emma Jensen, Haifaa Al-Mansour
Curzon / Artificial Eye
Drama, Romance
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Run Time:
116 minutes
English, English Audio Description
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
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Reviews (3) of Mary Shelley

Entertaining - Mary Shelley review by IG

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Whether this accurately represents the actual life and motivations of the people involved, or genuinely presents any insight into Mary Shelley's intentions as to how her novel was to be perceived appears to bother some viewers of this film, for me, it is an entertaining period drama that was an enjoyable watch.

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Soapy Sunday night cinema - Mary Shelley review by Alphaville

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The author of Frankenstein gets the full period prestige treatment, with manicured sets, plinky-plonk piano on the soundtrack and stilted dialogue. “How are we to write if we are forced to tend to domestic mundanities,” poor Percy Shelley is made to say. Elle Fanning nails an English accent, but it’s as though all the actors have had the life sucked out of them.

It’s well-mounted and competent, but this should be a fascinating story of a 16yo girl’s burgeoning passion for Shelley, life and literature, and passion is conspicuous by its absence. The writing of Frankenstein comes too little, too late and laden with a modern-day feminist twist (as does the boorish portrayal of Shelley and Byron). The decadence of the Geneva summer when the book was conceived gets an unconvincing U-certificate portrayal that never convinces. Ken Russell’s OTT 1986 film “Gothic” was surely nearer the mark. If only the actors could have been allowed to show some of the animation they show in the interviews on the DVD Extras.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Deep, powerful Drama - Mary Shelley review by GC

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How true it all is, I know not. However I found this film to be a very powerful drama, and I certainly felt the pain and despair of the lead character, Mary Goodwin, later to marry and become Mary Shelly.

The extras were also interesting, and reminded me of how powerful writing can be as a form of therapy to offload ones stuff.

Highly recommended, especially those who enjoy powerful period drama.

0 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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