The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde: Review

The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde: Review

Gabriel Utterson (Lorn MacDonald) has become increasingly concerned with the behaviour of his friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll (Henry Pettigrew). There have been reports of a murder and it seems to have centred around Dr. Jekyll, but to what end Gabriel is unsure.

Hoping to try and get a confession out of his friend, Utterson tries to dig deeper as to what’s behind the murder and why Dr. Jekyll is so adamant that he doesn’t know anything about it. Even to the point where Gabriel starts to think that Mr. Hyde may have some kind of hold over Dr. Jekyll, but he cannot fathom why. However, Utterson’s deeper investigation leads him to a horrifying discovery.



The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a Scottish adaptation of the famous novella written by Robert Louis Stevenson. Putting the events into Stevenson’s home city of Edinburgh, it follows a largely faithful adaptation set in the era of which it was written.

Originally streamed for an audience from The National Theatre of Scotland and adapted for the screen with extra special effects, it’s hard to see the join. This leads the latest adaptation of Stevenson’s work to feel cinematic with an undertone of the theatrical.

Having an entirely Scottish cast makes it feel like a natural choice and being shot in black in white also adds and air of mystery and suspense as Utterson digs deeper into Dr. Jekyll’s secret. However, those expecting something radically different from what’s on the page may not be that surprised.

Equally so, those expecting a more schlocky adaptation, filled with gratuitous violence and extreme body horror may equally be put off. Because it feels like this adaptation is meant for the purists and those who already enjoy the theatre, regardless of whether they know the story as well.

Being broadcast on Sky Arts, the expected audience for this adaptation may be those looking for something satisfying to watch. However, in the end it may feel like this adaptation was adapted for the screen so that it could just be added to the collection of remakes of the classic tale.


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