2015 / 110m - UK
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March 21, 2021


A rather basic retelling of the Frankenstein story, this time from the perspective of Igor, Frankenstein's hunchback assistant. A bit odd since the original story didn't even have the Igor character, then again who cares with all these modern reboots and reimaginings. The monster is there, that's all that counts.

McGuigan's film focuses mostly on the creation and history of the monster. There's a little extra background to Igor's character, a hapless romance that amounts to nothing and a police investigation that fails to add extra tension, but most of the time is spent trying to bring Frankenstein's creature to life.

It's a shame then that the film fails to capture the imagination. The setting is rich enough and McAvoy/Radcliffe do their best, but the film is just a little lifeless, much like its famous creature. I had hoped McGuigan would've taken this to the next level, sadly he delivers a rather generic blockbuster interpretation. It's certainly not terrible, just forgettable.