Frankenstein becomes human

Frankenstein becomes human

If you read my review of “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” in last week’s issue of the paper, you would know what I think of empty theaters. If not, let me bring you up to speed, an empty theater is generally indicative of the quality of the film. Speaking in generalities, I would agree.

Everyone has heard the old adage, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” and this movie, “I, Frankenstein,” proved to be held true by that age-old philosophy.

Adam, portrayed by Aaron Eckhart (“Thank you for not Smoking”), was created 200 years ago by his technological father, Dr. Viktor Frankenstein. At his “birth,” he is overcome by anger and lashes out, leading him down a road that connects him with the Order of the Gargoyles, queened by Leonore, portrayed by Miranda Otto (“Flight of the Phoenix”). Adam learns of an ongoing war between the gargoyles and the demons. Nabirius, portrayed by Bill Nighy (“Underworld”), leads the efforts of the demons, posing as human Charles Wessex.

Adam eventually finds his way to Terry, portrayed by Yvonne Stahovski (“Chuck”), a human doctor working for Nabirius.

Adam is reluctantly drawn into a war he did not start.

Going into the movie, I had heard a lot of negative reviews. In fact, the day that I went to see it, the movie had a 5% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

That being said, I must say that I really enjoyed the film. The graphics were great, the plot was good and the backstory left very little to be desired.

Speaking to a colleague, a point was brought up that Frankenstein’s Monster is just that, a monster. That brings the casting of Eckhart into light. He is just too pretty for a character that is supposed to be hideous.

In addition, Eckhart’s performance leaves me wanting more.

Other than Eckhart’s performance as Adam, the other actors did a great job. Otto, Nighy and Strahovski all proved their worth, with Nighy proving that he loves being the bad guy.

I really appreciated the introduction of a new genre of supernatural warriors with the gargoyles.

I much prefer them to the vampyres and werewolves of late.

Overall, the film got a bad rap. I tried to be over-critical to try to understand how it received the 5% rating, but I came up goose eggs. I am definitely looking forward to the sequel that will never be made.