By Allison - AVMarch 18, 2016
Having an English degree as part of my background, I was interested to see what James McAvoy (Victor Frankenstein) and Daniel Radcliffe (Igor) could add to the classic Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley story of “Frankenstein”. Despite the film’s title, the movie’s main character is actually Igor, Frankenstein’s assistant whom he saved from a life in the circus. Igor is utterly devoted to Frankenstein for being his personal savior, so much so, that, despite his own beliefs, he fails to stand up against Victor Frankenstein’s manic obsession with the creation of artificial life until the very end of the film. Overall, I wasn’t impressed with the movie: The storyline felt muddy, Igor’s transformation from hunchback to upright man seemed too easy, and I never felt a strong desire to get to the film’s end and see its outcome (although, those familiar with the story of Frankenstein’s monster already know the story’s culmination). Not what I would call a true “horror” film, “Victor Frankenstein” does its job in shedding light on how a man could become crazed enough to create a horrific version of artificial life, but I certainly don’t feel as though I need to ever watch it again.
Overall Rating: C