Atom User Reviews for National Theatre Live: Frankenstein Encore 2018
The acting was surperb. I just kept thinking how physically exhausted the actors must be after every performance. They put their all into their performances.
What a physical part for the actor playing the creature. I like the idea of changing the actor each night. I do wish Victor Frankenstein character had more scenes with his "creation". You can't help but to feel pity for (it). I enjoyed this versions of the view from the creature's perspective.
Not your grandpa's Monster of Frankenstein. A day later and a scene that is STILL digging at me is Victor's father saying about his human son (loosely quoted) "what monster have I created". wow! Maybe I'm wrong but the writer really gave the monster a chance to be "human" and that twist - to see the monster really choose to be a monster (with Elizabeth) was pretty epic. My only regret is that I can't watch the play a second time with the lead actors switching roles. Two thumbs up!
Amazingly portrayed. Creative set design. Was fascinating to watch.
I love that the script is based on the book, not the Hollywood version of the story
my only criticism is that the birth scene is too long. It was refreshing to see it from the creatures POV. I also appreciate that it took more from the book than the movies.
Outstanding . The only pretentiousness I see is coming from some of the reviewers . Very Physical performance done gracefully . Loved It !!!
It was well worth it . I want to see both versions. IF you live it Idaho and want to see this quality this is the way to do it
The little details are everything. So much depth.
This was so well acted, directed, and put together. I will see this as often as possible. I just can't praise this enough.If you are a fan of Frankenstein,or even just the actors,yhis is an absolute MUST SEE!!
Intro could have had 10 minutes of trivia not the same 5 over and over. The Edison Frankenstein mentioned in the Trivia would have been a nice 10 minutes add. Lighting was good. Score/Sound poor. The creature was played as angry not good. The intentional hurting of others not true to story. Birthing scene snooze fest 10 minutes at least too long. Stage was excellent. Costuming predictable. Thought the clapping sound track was silly. The opening sound of audience talking was also mechanical. At $18 / person, too rich for younger crowd. But that is okay because a younger crowd would have been bored out of their minds. Few attempts at humor missed their marks. Will be interested in seeing what the role switch will do.
I thought it was pretentious claptrap. A great acting exercise but ultimately what I refer to as theatrical masturbation. Sure, it shows off great acting skills, but there's nothing there underneath. The opening is 25 minutes and it could have made the same point in five. Overall, a half-hour too long, orated not acted. Disappointing.
The writing was at time pretensious as well as the staging. Superbly acted. Whoever decided to film this needs to take a lesson from the Metropolitan Opera productions.
This rendition puts an advanced perspective into Frankenstein. Thought provoking and pushing the envelope!
Interesting interpertation. Be prepared to see a play on stage not a live action filmed for the theater. Acting was phenomenal. Now wishing I had see n both of them.
The acting was superb, and the sets amazing!
I can’t wait for another opportunity to see it with the roles reversed.
That was the most amazing “live” performance I have ever seen. I will go see it next year.
This is the second time I have seen Frankenstein. I've been able to see both versions. It's an intense, amazing production. Well worth going to see.
Very intense and moving. exceptional cast.
Beginning of the play was slow, then the action picks up. The ultimate question for me: who is the monster here, Victor Frankenstein or his creation? I am definitely seeing it again.
Very good play, opening birth scenewas a bit long, but showed great acting skills. Closer to the book than Hollywood's version. I liked that. Victor should have more scenes with his creature.
The cast was phenomenal. Interesting concept giving Frankenstein a voice!
Incredible story and performance!
Amazing performance by all actors - go see it if you have the chance!
Fantastic acting, and really enjoyed seeing the differences between the two versions. Agree with other people that the opening sequence was too long. Thought the staging was really cool and unusual. Highly recommended.
We haven't stopped talking about Johnny Lee Miller's interpretation of the Creature, the vastly more interesting character than Victor Frankenstein. The play does justice to Mary Shelley's themes of humanity and cruelty; some of it is hard to watch, but very moving and thought-provoking, especially now when there seem to be so many Creatures in our midst.
Quite possibly the best thing I seen this year
Marvelous re-telling of the Frankenstein story by great actors.
It was fantastic, one of my favorite plays i have seen this year! Utterly fantastic!
Can NOT WAIT to see Jonny Lee Miller as the creature next Monday! Spell binding, draining, beautiful production!
I loved this play!
Enthralling opening, although it was a bit long, I was constantly amazed by the physicality of the role and the awkward development of The Creature. The stage/scenics were very creative and intricate, prompting more than one "wow." Story had some dark turns that I really intensified the emotions. I would have liked to see more development by Victor, although the interactions between The Creature and his creator were excellent. Would recommend highly!
Slow start... Wish it were more true to the original. Victor Frankenstein's character is a bit thin