The Creature: Did you ever consider the consequences of your actions? You made me, and you left me to die. Who am I?
Victor Frankenstein: You? I don't know.
The Creature: And you think that I am evil.
The 1994 film version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, directed by Kenneth Branagh. Unlike Bram Stokers Dracula, this is actually much closer to the original novel, although many new elements were still added to the story.At the turn of the 19th century, a ship searching for a route to the North Pole encounters a man wandering the ice. Nearing death, the man says his name is Victor Frankenstein, and he relates a story to the captain explaining how his attempts to play God and reverse Death caused the destruction of his entire world.
This film contains examples of the following Tropes:
Adaptation Expansion: Justine's character is developed a little further. And then there's a little subplot about reviving Elizabeth.
That few? (Seriously, there are enough for a drinking-game: one for every Big "NO!", one for every time there's a mob-lynching, one for every time Victor experiments with something that Man was not meant to play with....)
Brother-Sister Incest: Though to be honest, if you had a sister that looked like Helena Bonham Carter, it would certainly be on your mind.
And they weren't biologically related.
Cool Guns: Dr. Frankenstein, when riding to meet The Creature on the mountain, packs a pepperbox rifle.
Mummies at the Dinner Table/Necromantic: After The Creature kills Elizabeth, Victor immediately sets out to revive her. It works, but she quickly kills herself when she realizes what she has become.
Not Blood Siblings: Granted, Elizabeth was adopted when Victor was just a little boy. Still, when they're kissing passionately as adults, they both admit that even if they were blood related, they would still love each other.
Not Using the Z Word: Branagh banned the word "Monster" from being used on the set, and instead insisted everyone refer to De Niro's character as the "Sharp Featured Man".
Pragmatic Adaptation: The film takes a part of the book that was often considered a wasted opportunity ( Victor using the tech that created the monster to revive Elizabeth) and changed it to make it a more emotional eerie part of the movie.
... or actually taken responsibility for The Creature, and acted as a father and a mentor to it instead of recoiling in horror. It's a toss-up as to whether Shelley's theme was that Victor was committing scientific hubris by trying to defy death — or if his real sin was abdicating responsibility for the results of his work. Branagh is one of the few adapters who even hints at the second interpretation.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Whatever happened to Henry? The last time we saw him is him doing a Big "NO!" as Victor's revving up his Reanimatormatic, and then....we just leave him there in the burning house.
There's a moment during the Creature's escape where it's hiding in an alley. It picks up a piece of fur cloth and begins to stroke it nervously in terror, giving it such a child-like and tragic innocence.