Told from Igor's perspective, we see the troubled young assistant's dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man - and the legend - we know today.
James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor's experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.Written by
20th Century Fox
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You know this story. The crack if lightning. A mad genius. An unholy creation. The world, of course, remembers the monster, not the man. But sometimes, when you look closely, there's more to a tale. Sometimes the monster is the man.
I've been with the circus for as long as I can remember. Circuses like to think of themselves as families. But, of course, each one has its clown.
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'VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN': Two and a Half Stars (Out of Five)
Another adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic monster tale 'Frankenstein'; this one is told from Igor's point of view. It stars Daniel Radcliffe as Igor, and James McAvoy as Frankenstein. It also costars Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott and Freddie Fox. The film was directed by Paul McGuigan (who's also helmed movies like 'LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN' and 'WICKER PARK') and it was written by Max Landis (who also wrote 'CHRONICLE' and 'AMERICAN ULTRA'). The movie received mostly negative reviews from critics, and it horrifically bombed at the Box-Office (as well); it's not that bad though!
The film actually tells the origin story of Igor (Radcliffe), Victor Frankenstein's (McAvoy) assistant. Igor was a hunchbacked circus clown, when the aspiring medical student, Victor Frankenstein, found him. Victor frees Igor, from his captors, and cures him of his giant cyst (and bad posture, because of it). He then enlists the surprisingly intelligent young man's help; in his extremely ambitious medical experiments. At first Igor is very excited, to be apart of such groundbreaking scientific work, but then he realizes Victor is insane; and his experiments are extremely dangerous.
The movie is pretty cheesy, but somewhat entertaining. Radcliffe and McAvoy both give it their all, in their performances, and the directing is adequate. Landis's script is rather disappointing though, considering what a talented writer he's already proved to be; there's been many more original, and entertaining, adaptations of Shelley's classic work. Still, it's not nearly as bad as it's been made out to be.
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