Movie Review: I, Frankenstein
Prinz Lee wrote this review 2 years and 9 months ago
Gargoyles and demons and Adam Frankenstein, oh my!
Unlike Werewolves and Vampires, Dr. Frankenstein’s creation has been one that’s had its share of spotlights, but unlike the others, the soulless monster hasn’t really had its moment. I mean, we’ve seen him pop up in flicks like “Van Helsing (’04),” or “Merry Shelly’s Frankenstein (’94),” but has it left a foot-print? I don’t think so.
Fast forward to 2014, much like we’ve seen with werewolves and vamps, an upgraded version exposes the creature we all know (and perhaps love) with a different look and aftermath-like existence, yet keeping its formulaic origins in place.
Two centuries after his odd creation, Dr. Frankenstein’s creature, Adam (Aaron Eckhart), still walks the planet. But when he finds himself caught dead center of an ongoing war between vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons over the souls of mankind (much of it stemming from both sides wanting him for their own reasons) he struggles in order to find his own purpose and meaning in life.
Set with lots of religious subject-matter running parallel to contemporary times, “I, Frankenstein” wasn’t all that bad. I can’t say I was “wow’d” by it, but its new layout, look and texture is visually delicious. In terms of VFX this piece has a lot one endures and can enjoy. With its dark, gothic touch, “I, Frankenstein” places you and its characters in a supernatural world it was meant for. From awesome-looking, detailed flying gargoyles, to wrinkle-faced demons, one is able to soak in the horror each of these beings represent individually within its story-line.
Moving along with all the green-screen-based beauty, Aaron Eckhart did a pretty decent job lending himself to the role. Having owned it, Frankenstein’s new look may leave some sort of mark. We all know Robert de Niro did it on a different level, but it’ll be interesting to see how this version will rub off against monster-loving-movie-goers around the world. Personally, Eckhart’s style came off well and did provide that feeling of a man with deeper demons than we imagine. Looking for that missing piece to his puzzle of stability, it was a pleasant surprise to see the rushed, yet interesting arc from monster to “soulless” man.
Much can be said for supporting roles as well, especially an awesome villain Naberius, played by Bill Nighy and Adam’s unlikely side-kick Terra, played by a stunning Yvonne Strahovski.
As a whole, “I, Frankenstein” seemed a bit rushed, missing out in areas of build-up and teasing upon confrontations between some of the characters which never really get there, but it didn’t suffer on a larger scale where the movie tanks big time. It did what it had to do in terms of generating an interest over its new take on the classic monster we’ve all known about since our diaper days and entertained. (If anything, one would profit from this piece if screened in IMAX!)
Grade: B- / Genre: Horror, Suspense, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy / Rated: PG-13 / Run Time: 1 Hr. 40 Min.
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Socratis Otto, Jai Courtney, Kevin Grevioux, and Aden Young
Directed by: Stuart Beattie