Victor Frankenstein (2015)

Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy demonstrates the man behind the classic monster in historical drama ‘Victor Frankenstein’

Film Review

Recently broken loose from the circus and provided with a new identity, Igor is an unfortunately constructed circus freak with an ingenious mind for physics and the human anatomy. His mastermind of a rescuer comes in the deranged form of Victor Frankenstein, an unswerving student of medicine who visualises his new companion as an unexpected gift. Together, they embark on a journey of science and remarkable discoveries, striving for creating a fully living being.

We’re all very familiar with the classic horror tale of Frankenstein. The introduction even states this fact in the form of Daniel Radcliffe‘s voice over. This narration was a complimentary and suitable addition, although I  found it to be sadly inconsistent. I’ll admit that I haven’t encountered many other adaptations personally aside from this feature, so I won’t be able to compare it. I think this helps so in a way that doesn’t permit any interference to my enjoyment of the film as a piece of entertainment. I’m aware that this narrative isn’t a direct re-telling or any kind of origin story, but instead, just a different spin on the classic story. Focus is entitled to Frankenstein himself as an alternative to his creation, which is standardly the foremost depiction of these stories.

Spectacular Aesthetics

Personally, I found this to be a dark, gripping and exciting feature. The cast was brilliantly presented as a form of excellent individuals,  expressing speech of scientific intellect when they performed implausible achievements of new life. The locations were beautifully constructed and the visuals looked realistically appealing. A constant dusky tone was evident throughout which I think associated with the overall quality and narrative in an attractive and engaging way.

Costumes were equally as proficient and favourable for the general finished product. The inclusion of sketched overlays to reinforce explanations and notions of ideas was a distinct favourable element. These beautifully crafted drawings motioned across the screen and this effectively added more depth to Frankenstein’s absurd theories as well as thought processes of his equally gifted protégé.

The introduction was particularly wonderful. A visual cinematic spectacle that really gripped the audience. The circus is a chaotic and vividly colourful environment that displayed a backstory to our hunchback, yet-unnamed protagonist we could empathise with. The circus freak jumps at his first chance of freedom, which is provided in the fortunate presence of scientific talent Victor who, despite his strange, undivulged existence and intentions, provides our hero with the welcoming lodgings he’s been craving.

source: 20th Century Fox

Frankenstein himself demonstrated a diverse persona that prospers over the course of his experimentations. From the seemingly harmless, yet intriguing saviour that is introduced at the circus to the power driven mad man that is intent on creating his own life form. His brilliance is presented greatly, speaking in wild tangents. Igor is a strong individual, constantly striving to learn and develop the world around him. He’s got so much to wrap his head around due to the dark and unfortunate upbringing he experienced.

The themes are evidently dark and chaotic, all demonstrated in a beautiful and compelling way that draws the audience into the narrative of the familiar characters. There’s an evident and constant existence of the elements and weather as a strong component to the storyline. It flowed together well, with a balance between contrasting characters and interesting themes.

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