Last year, I pissed off an internet commentator by having the audacity to suggest that the critically and commercially panned I, Frankenstein might not represent the most savvy approach to this character and story. Or indeed, to all the other Universal classic monsters Hollywood is currently trying to reboot.
Wouldn’t you know it? We’re getting another take on the story with Victor Frankenstein. Let’s have a look:
Right off the bat, this looks better than Sexy Karate Frankenstein, though I still find the tone a little odd. It kind of reminds me of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movies, or if I’m being pejorative, Van Helsing… It’s action packed and fun-looking, but is making some sort of effort to be true to the atmosphere of the original story, if not the mood.
I love the principal cast, and it’s nice fun seeing Andrew Scott (Moriarty in Sherlock, the BBC one) show up in another role. However, I’m personally not a fan of this trend of titling movies on full names. John Carter and Jack Reacher and Rocky Balboa and Jack Ryan and Alex Cross… Especially with this film ostensibly focusing on both Frankenstein and Igor (its most original conceit), I’d think a title like “Frankenstein & Igor” would have been more fitting. Or even just “Dr. Frankenstein”. Anyway.
Like I, Frankenstein this one is ALSO not being produced by Universal, so in all likelihood we can expect yet another adaptation of the character in the near future. But with their planned shared universe and commitment to the action-horror vibe, I just don’t know…
Let’s not make a Frankenstein Untold please.