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January 31, 2014

Monster problem

Filed under: Their Films — Rajeev @ 10:31 pm

January 31, 2014

Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Kevin Grevioux

Director: Stuart Beattie

The story of Frankenstein’s monster has had many incarnations on screen, but perhaps none as clunky as I, Frankenstein, in which the stitched-up soulless creature is presented as a superhero of sorts.

Aaron Eckhart stars as mad scientist Victor Frankenstein’s doomed creation, Adam. Not long after burying his creator, our permanently brooding protagonist finds himself at the centre of an ages-old war between two clans: the gargoyles led by Queen Leonore (Miranda Otto), and the demons ruled by Naberius (Bill Nighy). As the film fast forwards 200 years ahead into far more technologically advanced times, we watch as Adam foils Naberius’ plans to take over the world by giving life to an army of corpses who will vanquish the angelic gargoyles.

What’s particularly embarrassing here is the seriousness with which everyone concerned approaches this ludicrous plot. Poor Aaron Eckhart deserves a medal for keeping a straight face through the sheer stupidity of this enterprise, while only Bill Nighy, who’s appropriately over-the-top as the snarling Demon Prince, seems like he’s in on the joke. To be fair, the special effects aren’t bad at all, but fatigue does set in when you’re watching scene after scene of gargoyles and demons smashing into building, swinging clubs at each other until they disintegrate into sparks and flames.

At one point, a well-meaning female scientist (Yvonne Strahovski) catches a glimpse of our monster hero in all his shirtless glory, and sexual attraction is thick in the air. By now, it’s impossible to take this film seriously.

I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five for I, Frankenstein. It’s silly beyond belief; doesn’t deserve your time.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

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