August 2nd, 2020


Movie Critique – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: Considered a failure, and a comical mockery of the classic, I still found in revolting at places as it should be, and charmed at places as expected. Ironically it carries a dose of philosophy too.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1941 American horror film based on the 1886 gothic novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson; and aptly set in 1887.  Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner are the lead star cast of this 1941 version directed by Victor Fleming and produced by Victor Saville. Jack Dawn created the Mr. Hyde make-up in the film for Tracy.

Dr. Henry "Harry" Jekyll (portrayed by Spencer Tracy), who believes in good and evil residing in everyone, inadvertently releases his evil side, Mr. Edward Hyde, during one of his experiments. And quickly Dr. Jekyll starts losing control to Mr. Hyde who commits crimes without remorse, and continues to abuse being evil. 

I have to confess though. Having already read the novella once before, for some reason the roles of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde got interchanged in my mind. For so long Jekyll was the "evil" and Hyde was the "good" in my brain. I am not sure so why since the title of the novella or film should have corrected me. 

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