The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde “Didn’t Get the Full Credit it Deserves”

Alec Eaton, Staff Writer

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is an 1886 novel written by Robert Louis Stevenson. The novel follows the life of Gabriel John Utterson (Mr. Utterson), a middle-aged lawyer, as he tries to figure out what the connection is with Henry Jekyll (Dr. Jekyll), a prominent middle-aged doctor described as both tall and handsome, and Edward Hyde (Mr. Hyde), a small, deformed, disgusting man.

There have been numerous adaptions of the novel including over 120 plays, a 1941 movie starring Spencer Tracy, which made $1,279,000 domestically, and a 2006 horror adaption, starring Tony Todd, which made $750,000, that give people a new perspective of the story. In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2015, Stan Lee once compared The Incredible Hulk to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and it was even mentioned in the 2011 movie X-Men: First Class.

The one thing I like about this book is that it’s told from a different person’s perspective. The book follows Mr. Utterson instead of Dr. Jekyll, which I think adds more suspicion because you don’t know what Jekyll/Hyde are thinking about and what they plan on doing. Also, the story really pulls off the ‘It’s not who you suspect’ kind of thing because you don’t suspect the sweet doctor at the beginning.

The thing I hate about this movie is that Dr. Jekyll doesn’t actually show up until a couple of chapters in. They should have just called the book Mr. Utterson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The other problem is that this book never got a movie adaption that it deserves.  The book has had 23 knock-offs. This proves that an actual movie based on the actual book is needed more than ever. The most recent adaption was the 2006 version that was mentioned before, and it didn’t even do well, especially after changing details like Utterson’s gender.

I rate this book 9/10 because I think the book, although it should have had Dr. Jekyll in it more, didn’t get the full credit it deserves.