I, Frankenstein

Set 200 years after the original tale of Frankenstein, the monster (Aaron Eckhart) is still alive and has become caught up in a war between the gargoyles and the demons. And I can safely tell you that this movie is exactly as silly as it sounds.

To say that I wasn’t expecting much going into this would be an understatement. But it honestly delights me to report that it isn’t actually that bad. I mean it’s not a good movie, not by any stretch of the imagination, but compared to what I thought it was going to be it was a pleasant surprise.

There are flaws. It is way too dimly lit for a start, there is a difference between a film being dark and dim, and this is dim.  The performances could be a bit hammier as well, I kind of feel like they might have taken themselves a little too seriously, and had they realised how stupid the movie is, a bit more scenery chewing would have been lovely, having said that Bill Nighy is fab. It’s also all over the place, not just in terms of plot but just general storytelling.

But there are positives. While most of the action is just standard cgi rubbish, there is one specific fight scene between the Monster and a Demon which is actually really good. It’s quite a fun film to watch as well. It just suffers from not realising its potential as a tongue-in-cheek b-movie esque rollercoaster, and instead tries to be a “serious” action movie. And Bill Nighy is the only character with any humour whatsoever. But at least it’s not two hours plus like every film seems to be these days.

Overall, it’s not nearly as bad as people are saying it is. Is it worth a watch? Not really. But if you do decide to watch it, as long as you know what is coming, you won’t be too disappointed.

4/10

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