By M. Scott Morris
If “I, Frankenstein” was a little bit worse, it might be funny, though not intentionally.
But this isn’t one of those so-bad-it’s-funny movies.
A couple of hundred years ago, Dr. Frankenstein stitched a bunch of body parts together and made Aaron Eckhart. The actor has several pronounced scars, but retains his movie star looks.
The doctor’s process made his monster immortal, or something close to it, and our tale takes place in an unnamed, modern-day European city with a massive cathedral at its center.
There’s a war going on between gargoyles and demons. In case you wondered, the demons represent the forces of evil and the gargoyles are on God’s side.
The demons want the monster for some reason, and that’s enough for the gargoyle queen (Miranda Otto) to want him on her side. She names him Adam, which he must like because he uses it for the rest of the movie.
The demon prince (Bill Nighy) moves forward on a secret plan. A fetching doctor (Yvonne Strahovski) tries to recreate Frankenstein’s work, a job that would be made easier if she could actually study the monster.
Gargoyles and demons battle throughout the city, and Adam gets pulled into his share of fights.
After an early fight scene, I didn’t hear any sirens, and that is a consistent pattern in “I Frankenstein.” The movie ends with massive destruction followed by no emergency response. Apparently people in unnamed, modern-day European cities don’t care if their buildings crumble.
I’m assuming this movie was meant to be a triumph of style over substance, where everybody dresses in black and is just that much cooler than regular people.
And, yeah, the movie looks good, but the story is predictable when it makes sense, and the unpredictable parts are loopy.
I give “I, Frankenstein” a D minus. If it was a little bit worse, I probably would’ve laughed more and given it a D plus.
It’s showing at the Cinemark in Tupelo, as well as Malcos in Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, and Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
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