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Stephen Dillane

Radical author 'Mary Shelley' and an excellent Elle Fanning deserve a more adventurous telling

Radical author 'Mary Shelley' and an excellent Elle Fanning deserve a more adventurous telling

“Mary Shelley” conjures up images of a lumbering, disfigured, greenish-skinned monster of a man. That monster, now a cultural icon of horror films for over a century, and his mad scientist creator, Dr. Frankenstein, were dreamed up by the young Mary Shelley in her 1818 horror/fantasy novel, “Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus.”

Haifaa al-Mansour's biopic of the writer, “Mary Shelley,” starring Elle Fanning, attempts to make some sense out of Shelley's remarkable, wild life, tracing the upbringing and romantic foibles that led her to create one of the most indelible fictional creatures of all time. With a few careful nips and tucks to the real story, the film presents Mary as...

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