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Victor Frankenstein (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 25 November 2015 (USA)
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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.

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Paul McGuigan

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Max Landis (screenplay), Max Landis (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Radcliffe ... Igor
Jessica Brown Findlay ... Lorelei
Bronson Webb ... Rafferty
James McAvoy ... Victor Frankenstein
Daniel Mays ... Barnaby
Spencer Wilding ... Nathaniel / Prometheus
Robin Pearce ... Baron Bomine
Andrew Scott ... Inspector Turpin
Callum Turner ... Alistair
Di Botcher ... Older Nun
Eve Ponsonby ... Orderly
Will Keen ... Surgeon
Louise Brealey ... Sexy Society Girl
Nicola Sloane ... Housekeeper
Freddie Fox ... Finnegan
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Storyline

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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The legend is reborn. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for macabre images, violence and a sequence of destruction | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Igor See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,469,341, 29 November 2015

Gross USA:

$5,775,076

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,227,298
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Andrew Scott plays an inspector in this film, while he plays a criminal being chased by an inspector in the hit tv show Sherlock. See more »

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James McAvoy's Scottish accent can be heard from time to time. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Igor: 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.
Igor: 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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Version of Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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Waltz from 'Coppélia'
Music by Léo Delibes
Libretto by Charles Nuitter
Arranged by Craig Armstrong
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It's (barely) Alive
24 November 2015 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. If a filmmaker is going to mess with the classics, there are two paths of creativity from which to choose: stay true to the original, or put a new spin on it. In this case, the classics in question are the nearly 200 year old novel from Mary Shelley (1818) and the nearly 85 year old movie from James Whale (1931). The filmmakers doing the messing are director Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin) and screenwriter Max Landis (son of director John). The spin they chose was (in theory) to tell the story from the perspective of Igor, the loyal assistant to Dr. Frankenstein.

It's an interesting approach, but one that immediately presents a problem … since the title they chose was not "Igor", but rather Victor Frankenstein. The film does begin with Igor's backstory in the circus as a hunchbacked clown/amateur doctor, and the character does provide some early and late narration. The conundrum stems from the fact that pretty much everything else in the movie is centered on the mad scientist, rather than the skilled apprentice/partner.

Daniel Radcliffe plays Igor and James McAvoy plays Victor Frankenstein (not Fron-kin-steen, in a nod to Mel Brooks), and both actors seem to be doing everything possible to bring energy and enthusiasm to a movie that can't seem to decide if it's a reboot or a reimagining or simply an origin story. Radcliffe effectively uses his physicality as the circus clown who is so mistreated and misunderstood, and McAvoy is such a hyper-active mad scientist that I'm sure his fellow actors many times were inclined to advise "say it, don't spray it". McAvoy does seem to be having a grand old time playing the brilliant yet unhinged young doctor-to-be, and to his credit takes a much different approach than Colin Clive when he gets to the infamous line "It's ALIVE!" The best parts of the movie are the intricate and amazing sets, the monster himself (albeit too brief), and the expert use of classical music and film score. The circus sets are colorful and active, while Frankenstein's soap factory home/laboratory is fascinating and creative, and the final Scotland castle on a cliff is breath-taking. Pulleys, chains and cranks are everywhere … as is an incredible amount of body parts, organs and fluids.

After a very well done circus opening, we are jarred with a seemingly out of place action sequence involving a slo-motion chase and fight scene that seems to be attempting to mimic some of the recent Sherlock Holmes movie stunts. Here they are unwelcome and ruin the flow. Another aspect that seems forced and unnecessary is a romantic interlude between Igor and a trapeze artist (played by Jessica Brown Findlay). It feels like an add-on to remind us that it's supposed to be Igor's story. Additionally, Andrew Scott plays an intriguing Scotland Yard Inspector who is every bit as obsessed with his faith-based beliefs as Victor is with his science-has-no-bounds stance. A story told from the Inspector's perspective might have worked, but instead it comes across as another add-on. Another add-on is the filthy rich and very devious fellow med student (played by Freddie Fox) who agrees to fund the experiments, but mostly the character is an after-thought necessary to move the plot along. Wasted is the always menacing Charles Dance, who has but one scene as Victor's strongly disapproving daddy.

A combination of the romance, minimal role of Igor in the grand finale, the medical school bumbling, the clunky Inspector involvement, and the all too brief monster appearance makes the film all but impossible for viewers to connect. They tell us twice "You know the story … a crack of lightning, a mad genius, and an unholy creation", but the reality is, the fact that we know the story, makes this one all the more disappointing. It's fun to look at, but is lacking the depth and soul that has allowed Shelley's book to stand up over two centuries.


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