I think I only saw a single trailer for this film on TV and think the studio made a mistake in not doing more advertising. I greatly enjoyed this modern continuation of Mary Shelley’s iconic book, which picks up the narrative just before the book’s conclusion. The film retains the dark gothic feeling of the original, which delves into the ethics of scientific advancement and even pays homage by including the line “It’s alive!” Aaron Eckhart did quite well in his portrayal of the misunderstood monster, although they made him much more human in personality and form with only some scars to indicate his unique genesis. To say this film has religious overtones is an understatement. The writers drew on medieval Christian art and architecture to create the heavenly gargoyle warriors and the visual effects department really outdid themselves. Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings) shines literally and figuratively as the High Queen of the gargoyles, Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck‘s Sarah Walker) plays a guileless scientist totally blind to the possible catastrophic ways in which her work could be abused, and Bill Nighy is downright sinister as the demon prince Naberius. I did find some of the gargoyle queen’s choices to be more about creating drama than being in keeping with her character and the movie left out a key piece of information from the book, that the monster killed Dr. Frankenstein’s bride because the doctor had destroyed the companion he’d made for “Adam”, leaving him abandoned, lost and rejected by both humanity and his maker. An action heavy movie, I wished for a little more in-depth character development and it could have taken the story further, but still a satisfying film with some spectacular visuals and a thought-provoking message. Excellent cinematography, sets, weaponry and CGI elements as well as some really well done fight sequences, this film is much more in keeping with the tone of Shelley’s book than other movie versions of the story. – BETHANY
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Aaron Eckhart as Adam. Oh no, he’s hideous, an abomination, get your pitchforks! [In case you didn’t know, this is sarcasm]
Terra Wade (Yvonne Strahovski) – I could make a lot of comments regarding the drawings on her board, but I will refrain.
Bill Nighy as demon prince Naberius, a.k.a. Charles Wessex.
Miranda Otto as Leonore, the Gargoyle Queen.
The official trailer:
Photos courtesy of Hopscotch Features, Lakeshore Entertainment, Lionsgate and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE Films)