HOLLYWOOD—When I first heard the rumblings behind “I, Frankenstein” the first thing that popped into my head was the fact that this would be a great horror film. Unfortunately, what I expected wasn’t so, as this picture’s intention was to make the horror icon into an action-superhero. Filling the shoes of Frankenstein is Aaron Eckhart, in a beefed up role.
Most of us are well aware of the story behind ‘Frankenstein’ who is a monster manifested by his creator, only to find the creator turn on the monster resulting in the loss of those that he cares about most. The picture starts off with that interesting premise as Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Aden Young) rejects the monster he has created, resulting not only in his wife’s murder, but his as well.
Adam (Eckhart), as he is named Lenore (Miranda Otto) finds himself having to choose between saving mankind or allowing blood thirsty demons to destroy the planet. Much of the movie plays with the idea of our title character taking a journey to ‘find himself’ as so many people would argue, which would be interesting if Frankenstein’s creator had stayed around for the melee. He meets an untimely death very early on in the picture, setting up a story that isn’t as believable, as writer and director Stuart Beattie may have hoped for.
There are no big time names in this picture, which hurts drawing in an audience in my opinion, the supporting players on board are a bit one note and not developed as much compared to Eckhart’s character. The film’s villain, Charles Wessex/Prince Naberius (Bill Nighy) is not a worthy foe in my opinion, which is becoming a trend all too common in cinema. Heroes battle villains who are not anywhere equal or threatening as the audience has come to expect of the formidable foe.
The obstacle being placed in front of the hero during the journey should not be so easy to overcome in my opinion, which “I, Frankenstein” appears to do. Is the movie a complete disaster, no, is it a masterpiece no. The plot of the picture should have focused a bit more on the relationship between the monster and the creator, before diving into the over-the-top spectacle that the picture becomes. Did I mention the film is totting the 3D aspect also?
“I, Frankenstein” is one of those movies reserved for a Sunday afternoon where there’s not much to do. You want to see a movie, not something terrible, but something that catches your attention for a brief moment.
By LaDale Anderson