“It’s alive!” is the most famous line of one of the most famous tales of all time, Frankenstein. The original novel penned by Mary Shelley has been a classic since its 1818 publication. It is one of the first, if not actual first science fiction novels ever written and has inspired the horror genre for centuries.
Why? Because Frankenstein hits on many themes that we still connect with today. The pursuit of knowledge and if there is a limit that humans should have before we start ‘playing with god’ and are punished for it. The duality of light and darkness. The pursuit of knowledge is generally seen as something light, but we see that Victor finds darkness in his creation. Even the monster hits on this theme when it finds fire, because while it is enchanted with that fact it can be a literal light in the darkness, he soon finds out that touching it, or rather getting too close to it can and will harm him.
Life and death is a mainstay throughout the novel. We see it through other characters, but most prolifically from the monster itself. Even it who has been granted life after death wishes to return to its previous state telling Frankenstein that he was to be “the Adam of your labours” but was instead his “fallen angel.” Religion, truth and lies, secrecy, innocence and evilness, and what is a real monster all play into the novel as well.
I’m not sure who said it but I’ve heard a saying where it goes ‘intelligence is knowing that Frankenstein isn’t the monster, but wisdom is knowing that he was.’ We see that inspiration continue with the new movie, Victor Frankenstein. But as all good adaptations should be, this movie puts a twist on the original.
Premiering November 25, less than two weeks away, this one hour and forty nine minute movie is listed as drama, sci-fi and horror, but VF has plenty of bits of humor thrown into it as well.
It is told this time from the perspective of Igor, Dr. Frankenstein’s assistant, now a brilliant protégé and not the dumb, creepy man we often see in other versions. Igor and Victor become friends in medical school and we see both of their tragic and dark origins and how they work together to try and create immortality for humanity. Something they think will fix many of their problems.
The story turns darker though when Igor is there to witness the monster comes to life and the ramifications that causes. He is also there to see Frankenstein’s descent into madness. Will Igor be able to save his friend? And what of the fate of the creature they’ve created? Will it wreak havoc on them and the people around them or will it try not to give into its darker side? We won’t know until we watch the movie.
I’m excited to see this movie, not only because I have always loved the novel and have seen many movie adaptations as well as a theater production. But the cast and crew have me excited that this movie is definitely worth watching as well.
The title character, Victor Von Frankenstein is played by James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement, Shameless). He has proven to be a versatile actor who can play dramatic parts well. I think his casting was very well done for the tortured role of Frankenstein and he will be able to bring it to life. Pun intended.
Our narrator for the movie and other main character is Igor and he is played by Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, Kill Your Darlings, Horns). I was of course excited to hear he was in this movie because HARRY POTTER you guys! Truly though, Daniel Radcliffe has proven himself to be much more than a wizard boy extraordinaire. He’s done a few theater productions, all to great acclaim as well as several outstanding movies, mostly dramas that have proven his worth. He also has a flair for comedy that is understated much of the time.
Who else is in this movie? Well if you’re a fan of BBC Sherlock, then you’ll be happy to know that both Mark Gatiss (Mycroft Holmes) and Andrew Scott (Jim Moriarty) are also in this movie. Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) round out a winning cast. Mark Landis is the screenplay writer known for his hit movie Chronicle and we finish with Paul McGuigan directing (Push, Wicker Park).
The film will feel authentic being mostly filmed throughout parts of London, England. Parts were also filmed in Manchester and Hertfordshire, England as well as Dunnottar Castle located in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
While I’m sure this movie will take liberties with the original novel, it still seems set to be an exciting, horror filled drama that will be a delight to have for the barrage of feel good Christmas movies we are about to undertake. While I wish I could have seen it at Halloween, I am still going to get in line the first change I get to watch this film. I hope you take a chance on it too.
Here is the official trailer to the movie
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