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Victor Frankenstein (2015)


Told from Igor's perspective, we see the troubled young assistant's dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Victor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man - and the legend - we know today.


So I went into this blind, pretty much expecting a horror movie rehash of the Frankenstein legend. Nope. Telling the story from the perspective of Igor is a genius move. Beginning with Igor as an outcast working in the circus, and yet showing him with near genius levels of intelligence. After an accident in the big top, Victor enters, immediately recognizes his abilities - and his usefulness - and springs him from his servitude to work with him, assuming the identity - Igor - and even fixing his back up.

Listed on IMDB as a drama, horror, sci fi, the clear omission is comedy, with some laugh out loud moments.

With the POV change, the story has new light. Frankenstein is master manipulator, a genius, sure, but without his friends, nothing. But Igor is the true star. He is portrayed as a sensitive, kind, genius. His motives are pure, which leads him to be somewhat gullible, especially towards his perceived savior, Frankenstein.

The marketing would have you believe that James McAvoy (Frankenstein) be the star, but quite the opposite, the true star here is Daniel Radcliffe (Igor). He had begun the arduous task of shedding Harry Potter long ago, but not until Horns did it start to show. This is a revelation. He's beginning to look like a seasoned professional now, and stands strong on screen next McAvoy (a powerhouse performer) and the likes of Charles Dance and Andrew Scott (Sherlock).

Don't expect to see anything more than a cameo from Frankenstein's Monster - in this cased named Prometheus - as it doesn't appear until the final act, and then, only briefly.

The film is both warm and tender, as well as action packed. It has horror, but isn't scary, and can be likened in style and substance to Guy Richies Sherlock Homes films.

Victor Frankenstein is a strong character piece, worthy of anyone's time.

Gloriously gothic.

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