Victor Frankenstein. So I find myself sitting on the couch with my wife, and we’re watching Victor Frankenstein. Now, going into this I had low expectations because of the horrible reviews at places such as Rotten Tomatoes and Meta Critic, however, I really must be honest when I say that it really wasn’t that bad.
I would safely say that most people know the core story of Frankenstein. A brilliant and possibly mad doctor creates life from death. This story has been told, retold, imagined and re-imagined more times than most can count. The cast for this version is pretty solid, James McAvoy plays Victor, Daniel Radcliffe plays Igor, and Andrew Scott plays Inspector Turpin. From the reviews I have read online from professionals and regular folk alike, just about everyone ripped this movie apart, hated it, and/or generally felt it was an abomination of film. Well, there may be a wealth of technical aspects which are not up to snuff, some of the CGI effects are campy and not so great, but there are actually a wealth of other qualities about this movie that make it not just watchable but rather enjoyable.
This telling of Frankenstein overall is not super original, but there are small points and details which are what sets it apart from the others. Igor coming from a circus, experimenting on an animal creation first, Igor being a partner rather than an uncivilized assistant, and frankly (haha, see what I did there!?), a majority of the lighting and cinematography was pretty fantastic. I never went to film school, I don’t know exact details about shooting a film or masterful acting crafts, but I know whether or not I enjoy a movie. And Victor Frankenstein, I enjoyed it. Here’s the trailer if you’d like to watch that first.
In all seriousness, the only thing about this movie that I didn’t entirely care for, quite frankly was the ending. The climactic finale seemed very cheap and low tech and that was the first time I was particularly unimpressed. Then there’s Nathaniel (aka Frankenstein’s Monster), I enjoyed the makeup FX on it, I’m sure someone from Face Off could have done better though. I like how they made him look very classic “monster” in terms of form and shape, however there were a number of aspects about the design that I didn’t like at all. I loved that he was essentially a mindless automaton and unstoppable, but at the end of the day, he just had to be put unexpectedly down. Most definitely let me know what you thought of it.