Is the monster inside the film or outside? | Cyn’s Movie Review of I, Frankenstein


By: Cynthia A.

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Directed by: Stuart Beattie

Screenplay by: Stuart Beattie

Story by: Kevin Grevioux & Stuart Beattie 

Based on I, Frankenstein by Kevin Grevioux

Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Socratis Otto, Jai Courtney & Kevin Grevioux

After his creation in 1795, and following the death of his creator, Frankenstein’s monster finds himself pursued by demons before being rescued by gargoyles, beings created by the Archangel Michael to battle demons on Earth.  The Queen of the Gargoyles gives him the name Adam, offering him a home, but he leaves, not caring for the fate of man.  Leaving with weapons given to him by the Gargoyles, he flees the demons.  Throughout the centuries, he fends off the demons then discovers what they really want with him.

Completely mess.  While this movie was not entirely bad, it was close to it.  Fans of the Frankenstein movie with Robert De Niro and of the original novel will not be impressed by this supernatural crash of myth and science.

The movie picks up more or less after the events of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein.  While the novel did not end in the way this movie began, it sets up the premise of demons wanting Frankenstein’s monster in order to create more soldiers that are soulless in order to allow demonic possession.  The only thing standing in their way are the Gargoyles created by the archangel Michael, and of course, the monsters cold nature.

Cool concept but it sounds like a big mess doesn’t it.

Aaron Eckhart is a great actor who has proven that he can tap into the darkness of any character and bring it to life.  He proved that with his portrayal of Harvey Dent/Two-Face in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.  With Frankenstein’s monster, he was able to do it again.  While his performance was not as brilliant as Robert De Niro’s, he was still able to tap into the pain and anger that this creature has within him.  Except there is one thing that the writers and directors failed to capitalize on: viewers are supposed to feel pity and hope for the monster.  This movie has none of the heart and inspires none of the heartache that follows that tragic around.

While the other actors gave good performances, tapping into what made their character likeable, they were unable to carry this film and save it from the awful story and script.  The script was rampant with cliché’s and redundancies that would make anyone cringe.  It was such a bad script and even despite the decent acting, especially from Bill Nighy and Aaron Eckhart, some of those lines that they delivered were so atrocious they would make the viewer either gag or laugh. Neither of which is the proposed side effect giving the scenes in which they were involved.

It’s painfully obvious that the producers and the directors were so focused on the special effects that they gave no after thought to some of those scenes and those dreadful lines, which is sad because this movie could have actually been something half decent. While this movie is from the producers of Underworld, the writing and story are far from it.  There is no heart behind this movie, nothing really worth captivating.  A laughable mistake that had no real singular plot other than incorporating as much supernatural ridiculousness as possible. 

Mary Shelly is turning in her grave. ★ ½ (out of 4 ☆’s | D )

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