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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Victor Frankenstein

This week's movie rental was Victor Frankenstein ...

a 2015 British science fiction fantasy horror film based on contemporary adaptations of Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein .... Starring James McAvoy as the title character and Daniel Radcliffe as Igor, the film was released by 20th Century Fox on November 25, 2015.

Told from Igor's perspective, it shows the troubled young assistant's dark origins and his redemptive friendship with the young medical student, Victor Frankenstein. Through Igor's eyes, the audience witnesses the emergence of Frankenstein as the man from the legend we know today. Eventually, their experiments get them into trouble with the authorities, and Dr. Frankenstein and Igor become fugitives as they complete their goals to use science as a way to create life from death. The film received generally negative reviews and became a box office bomb, grossing $34.2 million against a budget of $40 million.

The movie is strange and I guess I can see why it got mostly negative reviews, and yet it was entertaining, if kind of gruesome ... a sort of Dickens meets Fringe. I wanted to see it because I like James McAvoy - he's the young Professor Charles Xavier of the X-Men. One interesting thing is that the scary religious fanatic of a police inspector who haunts Dr. Frankenstein is played by the guy who is Moriarty in the Sherlock series ...

And I wanted to see it because it's hard not to like the many permutations of the Frankenstein story. Here's one from Once Upon a Time ...

So, I don't know if I can recommend the film exactly ... here's a review: Victor Frankenstein review – a cavalcade of steampunk silliness ... but you might like it. Here's a trailer ...


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