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With all the remakes and reboots hitting the big screen recently and no restraint given to Hollywood studios when they think they can capitalize on nostalgia, is it really a surprise that they turned to classic horror movies for a source of income? 2013’s Carrie, last year’s Dracula Untold, and this year’s Poltergeist, are sure signs that studios consider these films a worthy investment. Universal’s oncoming Monster Movie Universe consisting of Dracula, The Mummy, The Wolfman, and others seems to lock in that statement. While a majority of these films are almost straight adaptations of the classic stories, Victor Frankenstein took a new look at the story of Frankenstein’s Monster, choosing to focus on the man behind the monster rather than the monster itself.
Victor Frankenstein stars James McAvoy as the titular character and Daniel Radcliffe as his assistant Igor. This film takes a completely new approach to the story of Frankenstein, changing key plot points and even entire characters. But does this fresh vision pay off in the final product?
Unlike most critics, I enjoyed Victor Frankenstein. It’s an imperfectly fun time at the movies. If you go into this movie expecting to be blown away, you’re going to leave disappointed. I went in with almost no expectations and found enjoyment in it.
The thing that was most enjoyable was the overall story. It was a very interesting new take on the story, choosing to no longer portray Igor as a hunchback, and make Victor less of a mad scientist and more of an intellectual who gets a little too into his work.
The acting on both McAvoy and Radcliffe’s parts was subpar. Neither one of them really stood out, but they didn’t really need to. To expect brilliant performances out of this film is useless because they’re not there. While they weren’t necessarily bad, they weren’t great either. However, the two of them did work well together. You could easily tell that they enjoyed working with one another, which is makes the film much more fun to watch.
I found the visual effects to be quite impressive. When the time comes and Frankenstein’s monster lives, he looks great. It’s not the traditional look, but it’s what you could expect if this were to actually happen. Although, there are little nods to the original design of the monster that make for some entertaining scenes.
The film was a bit predictable. You can predict almost everything that happens in this film. He’s going to be a villain. They’re going to get in an argument. He’s going to get the girl. They’re going to say something they shouldn’t. Yadda yadda.
The somewhat villain in the film played by Andrew Scott was underutilized. He seemed way too cartoonish and he doesn’t do much to forward the plot. By the time the climax of the film hits he’s an afterthought. Also, he might have an eye injury? I couldn’t tell as his eyepatch kept disappearing and reappearing. It was almost a game between my friend and me, as this eyepatch would show up and dematerialize within a few minutes.
Victor Frankenstein is one of those movies that you don't need to go out of your way to see. If it’s on TV and you don’t really have anything else to do I would recommend it. There’s worse things to do with your time. I enjoyed the movie, but I’m probably never going to watch it again.
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