• Todd Puhl

Movie Review: Victor Frankenstein

Updated: May 27, 2019

The most difficult part about watching this film was trying to determine what was worse. I, FrankenStein, Dracula Untold or Victor Frankenstein. Clearly it was a 3 way dance and there was only way to find out which one was the victor...

As per Rotten Tomatoes:   James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor's experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.


Rotten Tomatoes: 5.3/10 IMDB rating: 4.6/10 Metracritic: 36/100


Critics Consensus: A re-imagining without the imagining, Victor Frankenstein plays at providing a fresh perspective on an oft-told tale, but ultimately offers little of interest that viewers haven't already seen in superior Frankenstein films.


A lot of things happened in this film that I was not ready to see nor wanting to see. It is all a matter of perspective. For example, I never wanted to watch anyone have a giant pimple on their back drained via needle. Could have lived without that one.


This film is another fine example that Hollywood is still tossing worthwhile scripts aside based by an old and flawed advertising rule that clearly isn't working. Some genres have gone the way of the spaghetti westerns. And that way is dead. I am sure that our beloved Comic Book movies will go that way one day, but for now, it seems the remakes or even re imaginings of beloved classics are only generating more death and life.


The film delves further into the backstory of not the beast known as Frankenstein, but the man who created him. With the help of the hunchback of Notre Dame(bad reference i know) they begin the long lengthy process of reincarnating a man and defying morality.


This film provides no new take on this already tired story nor does it even wow the audience. I would rather watch Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with Robert Deniro on repeat for days then watch this film again.


Professor Xavier, think of the children you have failed.


⅕ stars

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