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Victor Frankenstein

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Victor Frankenstein

Paul McGuigan (2015)

109min
12 Certificate
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Review

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This retelling of the Frankenstein legend is told from the perspective of Igor (Daniel Radcliffe), a circus clown who becomes the assistant of the brilliant physician Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) on a groundbreaking but shocking experiment. What starts as a bold attempt to revitalise an old story soon feels more like just another Frankenstein movie (and not a very good one at that). Too many subplots are tossed together, with the film's theatrical climax messily resolving them without much emotional payoff. Radcliffe's efforts to provide the moral centre of the story are drowned out by McAvoy, who leaves all subtlety at the door with a maniacal performance that's amusing at times. Andrew Scott does his best as the puritanical detective on Frankenstein's case, but like Jessica Brown Findlay's love interest, the character is simply too underdeveloped. A jumbled, disappointingly bland film that falls into old traps, leaving you wondering why this Mary Shelley adaptation needed to be made at all.

Summary

A sideshow performer is taken in by a scientist, who seeks his help in performing experiments to create life, and hopefully uncover the secrets of immortality. The plan goes dangerously out of control, and it falls to the devoted assistant to save his master from his dark obsessions and his monstrous creation. Gothic horror, starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe.

Cast & Crew

Igor Daniel Radcliffe
Victor Frankenstein James McAvoy
Lorelei Jessica Brown Findlay
Roderick Turpin Andrew Scott
Frankenstein Charles Dance
Barnaby Daniel Mays
Rafferty Bronson Webb
Finnegan Freddie Fox
Dettweiler Mark Gatiss
Sexy society girl Louise Brealey
Chief inspector Alistair Petrie
Director Paul McGuigan
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Violence. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 4 Dec 2015

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