I Frankenstein is another movie I think doesn’t deserve the bad rap that it gets. As I have said before tastes are subjective and it is very evident in this case. One of the complaints about this movie is that it is like a video game come to life. That is actually one of the reasons I like the movie. It is pure mindless fun filled with CGI porn. The movie is based of a graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux. The film stars Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney and Kevin Grevioux.
Here is a brief synopsis of the plot:
The story begins in the late 1790s where Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein novel ends (although there are a few flashbacks to the story in the prolog). We find the Frankenstein monster, soon named Adam in the middle of a war between Gargoyles and Demons. Yes, the Gargoyles are the good guys defending humans while the Demons are seeking humanity’s destruction. Because Adam doesn’t have a soul he has an easy time defeating the demons. He is recruited to join the Gargoyles but he declines and departs after being given weapons that allow him to “descend” demons (destroying their bodies and trapping their souls in Hell). As the centuries go by we find Adam in our modern day and in a battle with a demon a human is accidentally killed. Before he can be punished for this death by the Queen of the Gargoyles the demons attack the cathedral where the Gargoyles reside and capture the Queen. Meanwhile demon-prince Naberius who is disguised as billionaire businessman Charles Wessex, and his right-hand man, Dekar, employed scientist Terra Wade to conduct experiments with reanimated corpses as7 he is seeking Victor’s Frankenstein’s journal so he can create an army of undead demons.
That is the basic plot and I won’t give away too many spoilers. Sounds a bit silly doesn’t it? Well, it is and that is the fun of it. There is not a lot of gore and the violence is basically cartoon violence and nothing graphic. Aaron Eckhart does a spectacular job as Adam, the Frankenstein monster and I really enjoyed him in the role. Miranda Otto, From the Lord of the Rings, is also very good as the Queen of the Gargoyles, as is Bill Nighy as the prince of the demons. This is not a horror movie but an enjoyable and fun action adventure story. The CGI is great and the morphing of the Gargoyles into human form is down very smoothly and flawlessly. People also cry about character development in movies and while I often think that is overrated I do think the character development of Adam, Frankenstien’s monster is very well done.
This movie is a B movie with state of the art special effects. The kind of movie you pop in the DVD player on a rainy Saturday night just to have some fun.