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Monday, February 3, 2014

Movie Review: I, Frankenstein

I, Frankenstein
PG-13, 1 hr. 40 min.
Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Stuart Beattie
Written By: Kevin Grevioux, Stuart Beattie
In Theaters: Jan 24, 2014 Wide
Lionsgate Films - Official Site
Aaron Eckhart - Adam
Yvonne Strahovski -Terra
Miranda Otto - Leonore
Bill Nighy - Naberius
Jai Courtney - Gideon
Socratis Otto - Zuriel
Set in a dystopic present where vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons rage in a battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein's creation Adam (Aaron Eckhart) finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality. From the creators of the hit supernatural saga, UNDERWORLD, comes the action thriller I, FRANKENSTEIN, written for the screen and directed by Stuart Beattie based on the graphic novel "I, Frankenstein" by Kevin Grevioux.

The movie came out a week ago and I hadn't heard one thing about it. I didn't know if this was a good thing or not. Maybe because it needs two ratings. One for the visual satisfaction and one for writing. I, Frankenstein gets a 4/2 split. Whether or not you will enjoy this film depends on what is more important to you. My husband loved the movie because it was pure entertainment with explosions, flying gargoyles and general bad assery. I loved the movie for the same reasons, but if you like to scratch even the tiniest bit of sense from the story then you might want to skip this one. If you like poking fun at bad scripts then this is a must see! 

The movie is based on a graphic novel, and they captured that feel perfectly, but what didn't translate was the story. It might have been better to just have the original graphic novel script used as subtitles; kind of like a live action comic. It was so bad…just so, so, so bad <G>. 

Before and after

I loved the gargoyles! They were the good guys and it was cool how they morphed from ugly gargoyle to human form…hubba hubba. Aaron Eckhart isn’t an acting genius and probably should have stuck to grunting, but he made a sexy monster once he got a haircut. I’m not just picking on him, no one in the movie will win any acting awards. But I just love Bill Nighy and his cocked eye brow…reminds me of Vincent Price for some reason.
my kind of monster!
The only special effect that left me scratching my head were the demons. They looked ridiculous. The art rendering looks great, but on screen they looked like business men in stiff, cheap Halloween masks. 

Bad ass vs WTF?

A well written movie is just as good on TV as it is on the big screen, but from a visual perspective, like this one, some are best seen at the theater. Should you see it? Depends on what you are looking for. If you can catch this at a second run theater for a few bucks then do! It is put together like one big action movie trailer with a few extra lines thrown in. Check out the trailer below. It gives me goosebumps every time I see it!

4/2 “descending in pain” Sheep



  1. I totally get what you're saying. For me personally I would love to see those Gargoyle men but not enough to pay box office prices. I'm waiting for the DVD but I am glad you got enough enjoyment out of this one to make it well worth it :)

  2. I plan on watching this at some point. Looked like an interesting movie. Thanks for the great review.

  3. Oh I am hopping over to see if it is in our budget theater right now! I love going and experiencing the effects and OMH gargoyles, lurve me some gargoyles. Script, well I will just watch the changing and revels in the action ;) Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

  4. Good to know. I hadn't heard any reviews on it, but it looked interesting and it has Bill Nighy in it. I like being forewarned that there isn't a plot. I may see it for the action, but I know not to set my sights too high. Thanks!

  5. When I saw the previews for this I blurted out "OMG it's a hot Frankenstein!!" I can't wait to see it. Thanks for the review--- kind of what I expected.