Saturday, November 28, 2015

Movie Review: Victor Frankenstein

Released by 20th Century Fox

Yet another retelling of Mary Shelley's horror tale Frankenstein, this one focuses more on action and downplays the horror. I went in with low expectations after the reviewers mostly panned it. 

Daniel Radcliffe stars as the hunchback Igor, Dr. Frankenstein's assistant. He works as a clown in the circus, backstory that was extrapolated on since Igor isn't even in the original novel. The hunchback is quickly dispelled in some ridiculous fashion about a puss filled growth on his back and his spine is straightened by a contraption so that Radcliffe can walk around normally and be a handsome lead. His performance wasn't terrible and I hope the Harry Potter actor continues to get interesting roles in movies.

James McAvoy was entertaining as always as the mad scientist himself. He seemed trapped within the confines of the script and the tired retelling but usually he lights up the screen in any performance. There was a hint at a sequel at the end but I think that was just wishful thinking.

The supporting cast included Charles Dance who was totally wasted in one tiny scene about Victor's father. I hate to see this brilliant actor added in just to be thrown away to add nothing to the narrative plot, actually an upsetting addition and it would have been better if someone not so prestigious had been used instead. 

Andrew Scott plays the religious Inspector Turpin and serves as a sort of villain with convictions that contrast against Frankenstein's aspirations. He even got a clawed hand and a glass eye after strange battle but overall his part seemed forced and under utilized.

The monster didn't come in until the finally and though the production looked great and the special effects were gorgeous, nothing could save the weak storyline. I wanted to like this movie despite being forewarned but the Max Landis script fell short. I enjoyed American Ultra but he starts out with a clever sort of cliche idea and has a hard time following through. 

Five out of ten starts for the slick production, decent acting, but poor story.

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