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‘I, Frankenstein’ a story worth telling, but not this way

I, Frankenstein


As the creature stands on the iceberg, the dead Dr. Frankenstein in his arms, he ponders what to do with the rest of eternity. This is the beginning of “I, Frankenstein” and it is a good one, because this is how “Frankenstein” ends and it does beg the question what happens to him, yet within minutes, the film goes from interesting to a boring, predictable, convoluted mess. However, let’s start out with the things that had merit. Aaron Eckhart does a fine job with what he is given, as the creature. He tries to give his creature heart, but the script itself does not allow him to go further.

Aaron Eckhart as the creature

One aspect of this film (which does give credence to the notion that someone making this movie read the book) is that the creature is not called “Frankenstein” which he is not called in the book either. He calls himself, “Adam of your labors”. He is also called, “Fiend”, “demon”, “wretch” “devil” etc… but never, Frankenstein, as that is the doctor’s name. This is important because he despises everything having to do with him. Secondly, how the creature looks in the beginning of the movie, is closer to how he is described in the book, yet, as soon as he comes into contact with the human world, his hair is short and we can see how even though he is covered with scars he is not as hideous. Mary Shelley said of her creature he had: "… watery, glowing eyes, flowing black hair, black lips, and prominent white teeth.”

Now for the bad news, after the creature buries Dr. Frankenstein he is descended upon by demons. He finds out that they are not demons but Gargoyles who serve the Gargoyle Queen, Miranda Otto. Unbeknownst to the creature (she dubs Adam) there is a war going on between Gargoyles and demons who want to take over the world and kill all the humans. Adam is thrown into this fight. He must accept himself through fighting for humanity. Finally, the CGI in this is so terrible, that it is painful to watch. One has to ask, with the budget they had, and the actors (especially the likes of Aaron Eckhart and Miranda Otto, who one might remember as Eowyn in the "Lord of the Rings") how they could fall so short.