The Son of Dr. Jekyll

The son of a scientist who came up with potions of good and evil attempts to recreate his father's work.

 

United States
1951
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Black & White
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Trickster: 
Impostor
Catastrophes: 
Fire
2
A bad story...
3.04
3.04
6
3.04
1
2
1
Dialogue
Plot
Ambiance
This picks up where Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde left off; with father Jekyll running from the mob and succumbing to fire and a rough fall. We learn he had a son, a convenient plot device that leads us nowhere interesting and in fact nowhere new. The son of Jekyll transitions from baby to adult so quickly that momentary confusion ensues. The rest of the story is shoehorned in, and it might fool you...
The movie was doomed since its premise. The first half is monotone, low on emotions and rather boring. Things pick up at the halfway mark, as Jekyll reproduces his father’s experiment only to lose momentum thereafter. We then get the impression that things are moving forward, but without a proper ambiance. Despite an improbable storyline and a whodunit structure, this film is predictable.
The Son of Dr. Jekyll is elegant, big on dialogue and contains a fair amount of fist fights, but it is not as romantic, tense and dark as returning audiences would expect. Don’t wait for cool make-up or other special effects either. The ending will make or break your appreciation of the story. This is a mature but much too conservative complement of a better production.
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