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Victor Frankenstein

Victor Frankenstein
Starring:
James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott and Freddie Fox


Rated: PG-13 for macabre images, violence and a sequence of destruction.
Reviewed by: Dave and Frank  
Release date: November 25, 2015 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

A tired re-hash of the Frankenstein mythology, courtesy of Mary Shelley - (who may be turning over in her grave with this one).
 
Absolutely nothing new here, unless watching Igor (Daniel Radcliffe) having his hump drained is your cup of tea. Victor Frankenstein is simply another in a long line of over forty 'Frankenstein' films dating back to the very first in 1910 - via the Thomas Edison Studios.
 
Maybe I'm spoiled, but the truly consummate Frankenstein is the 1931 version featuring Boris Karloff, and directed by James Whale. Followed by, The Bride of Frankenstein in 1935, also directed by Whale.
 
Everything that came afterwards capitalized on the original Frankenstein legend, as this 2015 version woefully does once again.
 
Coming off a passionate performance in X-Men: Days of Future Past, James McAvoy (Victor Frankenstein) is overly cautious and uninspiring in this movie. With Radcliffe as an upstanding Igor, we have a grown up Harry Potter with nowhere else to go but down. 
 
For those not familiar with the original story, I suppose this version can't do any harm, except needlessly draining your wallet.

Will the sequel be named "The Bride of Victor Frankenstein" ?

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Victor Frankenstein plays from Igor's perspective that provides an interesting beginning but a clumsy transitions as the story moves on from adventure to adventure.  

The atmosphere created initially finds Igor as a no name humpback in a crude circus where he is the push around clown who in his spare time studies human anatomy. We quickly learn that he and Victor Frankenstein perceive the internal structure of the human body through graphic diagrams depicting the movement and functions of organs in the body.  The two come together when a stunning young trapeze artist (Jessica Brown Findlay) falls from her perch and is in need of an emergency procedure which Igor and his new friend Victor are the only folks who know how to apply.  

Victor frees Igor (the name he gives to his new assistant), cleans him up and dresses him as a gentleman. The two team to produce a reanimated creature by using various body parts from many animals formed together with electrostatics and various mechanical devices. 

Igor new status allows him to approach Loreiei (the girl on the trapeze) who he has loved from a far from his life at the circus.  From there Victor and Igor perform the standard Frankenstein duties. 

Playing with the overused story we watch Victor loose sanity over his obsession (which has an explanation in this version) while he receives support from an evil wealthy Freddie Fox as Finnegan who wants credit for the success of Frankenstein's experiments. 

If this was the first version of Frankenstein it might have worked, but today it's just flips and flops from crisis to crisis and adds a few little gross out factors which I guess are required. 

Igor is the star here (Marty Feldman) who played the part in Mel Brooks wonderful comic presentation of Young Frankenstein would have loved the part. 

  Frank Chris Jim Dave Nina Dayra Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
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