Steen: This Frankenstein should be avoided

I. Frankenstein

Remember the old Frankenstein movies? Frankenstein looked like the Incredible Hulk with a bad sewing job. Well, in this version, Frankenstein looks like the incredible hunk and it’s a whole new ballgame.

Too bad it’s such an awful movie.

After you’ve seen a hundred or so demons “descend” in a fiery explosion and a few gargoyles (who knew they were the good guys) “ascend” in a spire of light, you’ve just about exhausted any reason for staying in the theatre.

The special effects are OK, but how much fun is it to watch the same scene over and over again?

Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein at the age of 18, in an era when huge strides were being made in the discovery of electricity and scientists everywhere were experimenting with electricity, brains and bodies and this gruesome tale came out of that time and has survived and has been made into movies by studios for years.

This time, its Aaron Eckhart plays the ‘monster,’ Yvonne Stralovski plays a bit of a love interest (date night will be fun), Bill Nighy is the evil Naberius, head of the demon army and bent on the destruction of the human race—isn’t every protagonist who ever lived? Miranda Otto of Lord of the Rings is Lenore, Queen of the Gargoyles.

So with Pompeii, August: Osage County (a must see if you think your family is a little weird), 300, the Rise of an Empire and so many others hitting the theatres soon, I say don’t waste your valuable time and money on this one, unless you want an hour and a half of soul-sucking boredom.

I give I. Frankenstein one reel, plus one more reel for the flying gargoyles (made of stone but still manage to fly effortlessly) possibly a bigger feat than creating a man out of several body parts and some lightening.


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