Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto, Yvonne Strahovski, Jai Courtney
Directed By: Stuart Beattie
Written By: Stuart Beattie
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 33 min
93 minutes to cover a story and characters over 200 years in the making? That’s not ambitious, that’s just a disaster waiting to happen! I, Frankenstein isn’t the latest iPhone app, but a loud visual effects driven mess of a movie. At the center of which is Dr. Frankenstein’s creation – who is given the name Adam. A monster, apparently. A creation made from 12 used body parts and 8 different corpses. All wrapped liked a hunky burrito into something resembling a leading Hollywood star – Aaron Eckhart. Well, if you’re going to the trouble of reanimating a human being, you may as well do it with some style. Right?
Anyway, he’s just a hot mess of scarred angry! Rejected at birth, hunted and attacked. Growling every line of dialog as he’s dropped into the center of a war between heaven and hell. Hell’s game this time lead by a bloke called Naberius (Bill Nighy.) Continuing the now long Hollywood tradition of casting British actors to play the villain. Thanks a lot Mr Rickman!
What plays out over the 93 minutes of screen time doesn’t make much sense, and collapses under the most basic scrutiny. There’s also little to no attention played to character, or the setting for this tale of good versus evil. So what you’re left with is little to no connection to the material, and as such, very little to care about. Ultimately this is pretty forgettable stuff, and its only saving grace is a few well staged action set pieces.
This is a loud visual effects film. Expect nothing more from it. To its credit, the effects are pretty decent but not ground breaking, and the battle sequences are nicely staged.
Visually, this looks pretty good so a matinée showing would work. At home, a HD showing is recommended.
Best moment for me:
I did really enjoy the duel between Adam and Zuriel (Socratis Otto). Nicely filmed and choreographed, but sadly too short.