So yeah, this flick looks like garbage from the trailers and the commercials. Can we all agree on that? So let’s review it and see if it’s as god awful as it looks.
Full review after the jump.
[WARNING: This review contains some spoilers]
|Rugged good looks and sculpted abs?|
No wonder he was shunned and rejected by all mankind!
It’s important to note that I, Frankenstein is not the weirdest movie version of the classic monster. We have decades of terrible B movies to thank for that. In fact to be fair the movie is actually not a bad adaption from the original novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. I mean, it’s far from perfect but it picks up after the novel and includes his murder of Frankenstein’s wife. Hell, the fact that he’s intelligent and knows how to talk automatically makes him possibly the most accurate movie version of the character ever made (in the book the monster was intelligent and could speak very eloquently). Of course Aaron Eckhart doesn’t match the grotesque appearance of the creature from the book at all but this is a Hollywood action film and you can only expect so much.
Speaking of Eckhart he and Bill Nighy are the highlight of this film. Both being very good actors it’s not surprising that they take what little they had to work with and turned it into something watchable. Of course it does sort of ask the question as to what the hell either of them are doing here (Answer: a paycheck). But hey, I think I liked Nighy here better than in the Pirates of the Caribbean flicks so there’s that (but not more than in Hot Fuzz, even though he was only in it for like fie minutes. I love that movie). The mythology and lore behind the film’s plot is pretty cool. The idea that demons have been fighting gargoyles in a secret war for centuries is at least attention grabbing. And I appreciate that there are no vampires involved at all. Because, you know, the 6,838 movies with vampires fighting someone in a secret war we already have is plenty.
|Oh yeah, Yvonne Strahovski plays a scientist or something...|
The other characters are pretty shallow as well though insanely the movie stumbled upon a particularly interesting plot point that is literally thrown out of the window three seconds after it was introduced; there are these two gargoyles Ophir and Keziah who don’t really do much when they’re introduced aside from reciting some exposition but then suddenly [SPOILER ALERT] they’re revealed to be in love with each other which is apparently forbidden in the Gargoyle Order. Well that’s a pretty intriguing development and I would like to see where that goes-oops, that’s only actually mentioned immediately after both characters are killed not even halfway through the movie BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS F**KING TERRIBLE!!! Seriously, that would have been a really cool subplot; the two gargoyles who secretly are lovers and are ostracized by their own kind as a result, but then the demons still want them dead so they can’t exactly switch sides. Maybe they’re forced to stay by Adam’s side since he’s the only person in the conflict who doesn’t want to kill them? And maybe their love starts influencing Adam to reconsider his own ideas about trust and intimacy? Thus providing some much needed character growth for pretty much everyone? See, that sounds like a movie I’d be really into but for some goddam reason what we had instead was a pointless throwaway line with zero follow-up! It’s really telling when a random line a side character says right before she explodes is more potentially interesting than the plot of the rest of the film.
There are a lot of action scenes in this film, and most of it is in slow motion which wore out its welcome pretty quickly. Most of it seems too mindless and overly flashy for my taste. I suppose people who prefer action and don’t care about plot may find this more interesting than I do. But from my point of view it looked like the film was trying to distract me from how bad it was by throwing a bunch of special effects in my face.
|This just makes me want a movie based on the old Gargoyles cartoon|
I give I, Frankenstein 2 Adorable Pandas out of 5.
-An interesting mythology
- Aaron Eckhart and Bill Nighy make it worth watching
-Guilty of style over substance
Also I couldn’t help but notice that Adam dresses pretty much exactly like me. I think I may dress like a two hundred year old hobo.