This retelling of the classic story from Igor’s point of view provides a unique look but disappoints all around. I’m giving it a D. Save your money and catch it on cable.
A disfigured but brilliant hunchback who works at the circus is befriended by Victor Frankenstein. Once Victor treats the creature, he becomes an upstanding partner in his demented plan to recreate life from death. It’s hard not to see that Igor feels a need to repay Victor for his help.
With two well-known and good-looking actors like Daniel Radcliff and James McAvoy, you would think this movie would shine, yet the only part that grips you is the final fight scene with Frankenstein’s monster. And while the director shows us more about the emotions behind the characters, we still don’t see a stellar storyline.
Victor is trying to pay back the life he took when his older brother died while playing out in the snow with him as a child. Igor has never known kindness but falls in love with a former circus performer and helps his friend, Victor with his projects. Surprisingly, this never before educated hunchback is able to read and write, while never attending school and after facing abuse all his life at the hands of the circus performers.
I had big problems with some of the storyline. Not only was Igor able to read and write without education, but once his abscess is drained and a brace put on his body, he is able to walk somewhat upright. Put him in a suit and he walks miraculously well. In addition, this poor man can use a straight razor without any previous use. It’s like magic how things just don’t add up.
If you have a must to see this movie, go ahead and spend your hard-earned money. But I’m sure you can enjoy a few drinks instead.
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