IN spite of dismal reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and also by other family members, we went to watch Victor Frankenstein. I was told that somebody even dozed off during the show…. Hahaha… With that fact in mind, I was prepared to lose a couple of scenes to a few naps in the theatre but surprisingly, I find the movie more entertaining than Spectre (where I took a couple of unintentional naps and lose more than a few fight scenes :z).
I know, I know, there are just too many versions of Frankenstein – so what makes this one special or more exciting than, say, the last few horrendous efforts?
I still cringe when I recall ‘I Frankenstein’ and puzzled by the producers’ imagination. But unlike all the other Frankenstein movies which focused on the monster’s life, struggle and pain, Victor Frankenstein tells the story of Victor Frankenstein through the eyes of Igor, Victor’s protégée, his assistant, his faithful friend.
Not many scenes were afforded to the monster, which is okay by me.
I think it was the beginning of the movie that grabbed my attention and I think Daniel Radcliffe (more famously known as Harry Potter) did very well as a heartbreaking and much-tortured hunchback who despite it all, viewed his life in a positive light. You couldn’t get a more hardworking employee than him – well, more like a slave, actually. He didn’t even have a name during his life with the circus troupe.
Thereafter, it was like watching a different version of the well-known story.
What I like about the movie was the surprises, and I like seeing Jessica Brown Findlay (who played Lady Sybil Crawley in Downton Abbey) as the lovely Lorelei. She plays Igor’s love interest. The ending was most engrossing as I had absolutely no idea of what was about to happen. James McAvoy‘s depiction of a somewhat overzealous and bordering-on-madness scientist was actually quite fun to watch. But with that much dedication to his work – definitely not someone I would work with.
It’s not a box-office movie, nor incredibly fantastic, but Victor Frankenstein is a fun movie to watch. I bet most employer would love to have an employee as skilled, faithful and hardworking as Igor, wouldn’t you?