Wednesday, 19 March 2014

I, Frankenstein

WRITTEN BY: Stuart Beattie
DIRECTED BY: Stuart Beattie
STARRING: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney
RATING: 2 stars
 
I really wanted to like I, Frankenstein because it was filmed in Australia and has many Australians involved in the production. Unfortunately, it's a rather abysmal mess. Writer/director Stuart Beattie has basically tried to turn Frankenstein's monster into a superhero, but it does not work. While some of the CGI is good, there are far too many plot holes and cliches that you are likely to roll your eyes several times.
 
The film begins near the end of the Mary Shelley's famed novel, with Victor Frankenstein pursuing his monstrous creation (Aaron Eckhart) to the North Pole before dying from the cold. The monster buries his creator in the Frankenstein family cemetery. But he soon becomes unwillingly embroiled in a war between demons and the Gargoyle Order. The fact that a human, rather than God, was able to create a life interests the demon prince Naberius (Bill Nighy), who wants to do the same for his own evil end. Meanwhile, Gargoyle queen Leonore (Miranda Otto) wants the monster, who she names Adam, to fight the demons. Instead, he runs away but returns 200 years later to modern-day Europe to learn more about his creator and stop Naberius. Scientist Terra Wade (Yvonne Strahovski) could be the one to help him.
 
Eckhart is a good actor but he was a little too attractive to look like Frankenstein's monster. The surgery looked too clean so he basically just had a few lines on his face and body. He was also not given enough emotional dialogue or actions to endear himself to audiences to the extent that he should. Nighy looked like he was having fun but his villain was such a stereotype. Otto was solid and Stahovski was good despite playing a ridiculous "damsel in distress" type of character. It is amazing how a character so smart could be so stupid. Jai Courtney also has a role as the leader of the gargoyle army and is a welcome addition.
 
I, Frankenstein will probably soon be forgotten. I just hope students studying the novel do not think they can watch it as a short cut.
 
 

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