December 11, 2015 // No Comments
Director: Paul McGuigan
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findley
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has had many re-ellings over the years, but few have focused on the relationship between the mad doctor, Frankenstein, and his assistant, Igor. This latest adaptation, Victor Frankenstein, aims to do just that, exploring the friendship between these two characters. Unfortunately, it falls flat on it’s face in doing so.
Victor Frankenstein, despite it’s title, doesn’t focus on that character as much as it does his lab assistant, Igor. The choice to cast the perpetually charming Daniel Radcliffe in this role was a mistake, as his transformation from hunchback to heart-throb has no impact. His story is mostly a lacklustre romance that distracts from the charmingly over-the-top madness that is James McAvoy as Frankenstein.
Distraction is a good word to use for this movie, as it’s so overblown that it ends up becoming noise to the senses. The plot is over-complicated, the visuals are alienating and the acting ranges from not trying to trying to hard. The movie never offends but it never captures to the imagination either. It takes a decent premise and does nothing with it.
Victor Frankenstein may entertain you, but it’ll leave your mind as quickly and as quietly as it came.
Victor Frankenstein is available in cinemas now.