Saturday, 7 June 2014

Stuart Beattie’s “I, Frankenstein” is fascinating and unique

Reviewed by Nancy Snipper

Two hundred years ago a madman created Frankenstein (Aaron Eckhart) a new man using parts from dead corpses and the result is a man without a soul in search of one. His strength is superhuman but his social skills are non-existent. He finds himself in the middle of a battle between gargoyles that can turn into humans and their hearts are full of goodness. They’ll do anything to protect their queen who chains down Frankenstein and renames him Adam. He is hostile to her; she tells him he is selfish and has no purpose and must find it, but as the story plays out, the gargoyles become Frankenstein’s mission. 

Raging after these gargoyles and Frankenstein are devils that also have human form. When they die, they are called descents and that is also used as a verb: to descend them. The head “monster devil/man of that side is a man (Bill Nighy) who has thousands of corpses strung up in an enormous inner sanctuary. He’s keeping them to resurrect them. He knows Frankenstein has the book from his creator that instructs and details his experiments, especially his success in creating a man. Working for this horrid man is a brilliant female scientist who eventually finds out what her boss is up to. It is Frankenstein who tells her. Frankenstein vanquishes the devils, and he finds a companion – the girl who most probably knows how to give him a soul. The metaphor in this movie is not fascicle interplay between good and evil, but contains reflections on the meaning of a soul and one’s purpose in life. The film is a modern-day remake of an old tale but moves far beyond it into a whole new story. The special effects were excellent.

This film was viewed, compliments of Le SuperClub Vidéotron, 5000, rue Wellington Verdun, QC.
 Ce film a été visionné, avec les compliments de Le SuperClub Vidéotron, 5000, rue Wellington Verdun, QC.