The Fanboy SEO dishes out a Victor Frankenstein review just in time for the film’s release today! The film stars James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe and is directed by Paul McGuigan with a screenplay by Max Landis.

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The film is told from the POV of Igor or the man who became Igor and goes through the notions and nuances of the life and times of Victor Frankenstein. Honestly I liked this movie a lot. The casting was good, it was enough to generate buzz especially since initially the promotional materials had yaoi overtones in it.

More so, both James McAvoy and Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe looked great as a tandem here. To butter the characterization up, we get a slightly neurotic Victor Frankenstein, tortured and constantly in pain due to personal loss working side by side with a more good-natured Igor (Radcliffe). And since this is a different POV, expect new ‘palabok’ or ‘fluff’ including a romantic angle with the beautiful Jessica Brown Findlay’s Lorelei.

While the film’s contention draws more from the ideals of Victor and Igor, there’s also a good adversary setup for McAvoy’s Frankenstein and Andrew Scott’s Inspector Turpin. Why is is good you ask? Because they basically represent the eternal conflict between Science and Religion. I love how at various points in the movie we see the two in opposite places like we see a calm Frankenstein and a manic Turpin and in another part a driven McAvoy and a calm, smug Scott. I like the parallels between them.

The power of friendship is another thing I noticed in this movie. Be it getting bloodied trying to kill ‘Prometheus’ or fixing up Igor’s ‘back’, there’s just a lot of moments in the film where you see that the two have actually become friends both off-screen and on-screen.

One of the other things that made me really LOVE “Frankenstein” would have to be the references and the easter eggs. From spouting the classic lines to a surprise appearance by somebody from Game of Thrones then say something related to GOT, there were numerous times you’d go “oh” and then brandish a geeky smile.

Last thing on my plate for this review is how they managed to capture the classic Frankenstein’s monster with a new and more complex design. They married it perfectly like the bride of Frankenstein (oops). Even better is the fact that they kept the design and look hidden until the release thereby making it a big surprise. I was floored with that looked, downright terrified in that very final boss-esque setting.

Visuals, humor and that darkness make up for what I think is a great movie.

RATING: 10/10

Special thanks to 20th Century Fox for the inviting me over to catch the movie.  VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN IS NOW SHOWING

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