Victor Frankenstein Review
My Rating: 3/5
My sis and I often spend time together watching a lot of B flicks; movies that got low ratings that we still are interested in seeing, just not in theaters. One of our recent watches was Victor Frankenstein, the 2015 movie adaptation of Mary Shelley's famous work Frankenstein, starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe.
Overall, my feelings were mixed on this movie. As a period drama it had lovely and fun moments, beautiful costumes, and great actors but the story suffered from pacing issues and a less than dynamic plot and climax. Oh the climax, lol.
One of the biggest things that threw me off about the movie was actually the trailer! I had completely different expectations from the very exciting trailer that seemed to promise more of an action-adventure movie version of Frankenstein. While there were some action-packed moments in the film, they were few and the story mostly focused on the emotional relationship between Victor Frankenstein and Igor and the creation of Frankenstein the monster. This took me some time to adjust to while watching the movie.
The relationship between Victor and Igor was definitely the most intriguing part of the movie; often complex, unusual and even unhealthy. Victor Frankenstein, a man with so much emotional baggage from his past, both helps and cares for Igor as well as emotionally controls him. It was sad at times to watch the sweet, kind Igor (played excellently by Daniel Radcliffe) as he was unable to say no to the man who had done so much for him, even when it cost him so much.
Victor was an intriguing character; portrayed more as a man bordering on crazy. His bitter relationship with his family was one of the biggest reasons that he descended into such mad schemes (like bringing dead, sewn together beings alive; you've got to have issues to even be thinking up this stuff!).
I felt that the detective's character, who was Victor's antagonist, was poorly portrayed. The movie overplayed his "religious fervor" to stop Frankenstein's crazy ways yet never really scoped out the detective enough to even make him seem remotely real or interesting. The fight between Victor and the detective with several "religion vs science" debates felt poorly put together and annoying at best.
The climax was another failing of the movie with Frankenstein the monster being introduced far too late and dealt with way too quickly. Victor's revelation of his wrongdoings happens in mere seconds and seems far too rushed.