One of the films that I have been anxiously anticipating is the new film starring Aaron Eckhart I, Frankenstein. Based upon the graphic novel of the same name the film follows the legendary monster as he is the key item in a war between good and evil. Unsure of who he is and not trusting of any creature he becomes a rage filled soldier that is the only thing standing in the way of the destruction of mankind.
Hollywood cheese right? Hard not to use those words anytime you know a film will be filled with CGI and slow capture effects. I was pleasantly surprised at how clean the effects were in this film and being in 3D it adds to it tremendously. It’s hard to take graphic novels and turn them into films. Usually an hour and forty-five minutes does not allow for the story arc to progress. Not the case here as I felt the film was able to summarize the events and really only had a few moments that seemed to drag on. Aaron Eckhart did nothing out of the ordinary and brought a calm to the character that was needed. Although the events that take place are a little out of the ordinary he never strayed from his character and did a decent job of working with what he had as there were a limited amount of lines for him to deliver. I was also impressed by the choreography as you can tell he trained hard to pull off the fighting scenes He looked fluid which made the battles stick out instead of taking away from this film.
I will warn horror fans this. This is not a horror movie at all. Honestly there is nothing scary about I, Frankenstein. This is more of an action film which in my opinion will help the movie in the box office. It may not do well in the first weekend but as word picks up I think the filmmakers will be happy with how I Frankenstein finishes. The smartest thing he film does is throw you right into the fire in the first fifteen minutes. You find out about the demons and gargoyles as soon as you find out how the creature came to be. Obviously we are all familiar with Frankenstein and his work but there are some sneaky good things found that differs tremendously from the old gothic stories of the creature we are so used to . The best way to approach I, Frankenstein is to think of it as action superhero movie because when it is broken down that is exactly what it is. I’m sure as the reviews role in there will be critics over analyzing the film as something they feel should be worthwhile and I totally disagree. I, Frankenstein is a movie to sit back and enjoy because it looks beautiful and the action scenes are pretty epic. Like I said in world filled with SyFy television CGI it’s refreshing to see a film look so good. There are parts where the gargoyles look a little sketchy but when you see the transformation between their human form and the stone guardians it’s hard not to be impressed.
I, Frankenstein won't be for everyone but I think as word gets out it will be well received by audiences and it will do very well once it gets to the home release market. Decent story and execution with amazing action makes I, Frankenstein a nice little surprise in the pre summer blockbuster months of films.