You know, I’d always hoped that right before I died my life would flash before my eyes and I would see wonderful things, but as I was hanging up there I didn’t really see much of anything, but I did see you.
Early Halloween viewing continued this evening with Victor Frankenstein (2015). Certainly not a faithful telling of the Mary Shelley story, but a decent film just the same. This film focuses on the relationship of Victor Frankenstein and his assistant Igor. In fact, there are almost no other characters present in the film. There is a love interest for Igor, but barely on screen, a dedicated detective from Scotland Yard searching for our heroes for murder, and a rich benefactor. But none of these characters, other than maybe the detective, provide any sort of sub-plot or depth in this screenplay. In fact, the monster himself is more or less simply a goal to be had, and not a character at all. In most Frankenstein tales the monster plays a prominent role, second only to Frankenstein himself. In this film, the monster is on screen for only the finale and is more or less a characterless zombie intent on destruction and death.
Still, the acting is first rate, and the sets are to die for. While it feels a little long at 110 minutes (too much time wasted in the first 30 minutes, IMHO), this is a good way to start off the Halloween season with a newer horror film that I had not seen. At least it wasn’t a gore fest or torture porn. A solid 6 out of 10.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2