Victor Frankenstein (2015) with Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy - BOOK vs MOVIE

by Paul McGuigan 

I don't even know where to start with this movie! I was hoping to finally get a well done movie adaptation of Frankenstein, but as usual what we got was  a bad mash up full of monstrous creatures, big explosions and a weird catholic Sherlock Holmes alike.

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in this twist of the legendary tale, and it's mostly thanks to their performance that we are able to push through the whole movie.
Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe), rescued from a miserable life as the circus' hunchback, they both share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into the secrets of life. But Victor's experiment go too far, and he ends creating something wicked that put at risk everyone's life. Only Igor seems to be able to bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from the monster he has created.

Ok, it was better than I, Frankenstein (2014) at least they avoided the vampire, but still they transformed Mary Shelley's emotional and profound story, into a bad comic book deprived of intelligence and soul. We still see, as in every movie, the secret process that brought the "monster" to life, when the not knowing made the novel mysterious and put light on the dangerous knowledge that must not be revealed.
The graphic and customs are still really good and spectacular in some points but what is lacking in this movie is a good story line. The whole movie is pushed forward by the good performance of Radcliffe na McAvoy and that's the only positive impression I'm left with.

Clearly if I had to choose between reading the book of watching the movie I will go for the book straight and if I had to choose a Frankenstein movie adaptation Mel Brooks will still be my favorite, at least you get a good laugh out of it!


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