Alright people, I just got done watching "I, Frankenstein" and figured I'd tell all of you what I thought about this film. There are a few things that you should know before I brief you on this film. I feel extremely bad for Aaron Eckhart, because this is an actor that I really like (and someone I thought did really well in the Dark Knight). However, I don't think I could say this film helped him out in any way.
Let's get started:
I will say that the opening scene is something that I enjoyed. Why? Because it showed the Northern Lights and I have wanted to visit them since I knew they existed...
Oh, yeah, about the movie...
1.) The first thing I noticed was the corny dialogue. There was a moment in the film when a demon was talking to its master, Naberius. Naberius hits him a good one because the demon failed to do its job. When the demon falls to the ground, it says something to the effect of, "My apologies (dramatic pause)—Prince (another dramatic pause)—Naberius. I have some experience writing screenplays, short stories, and novels—the one thing I have learned is that you don't SAY something, you show it through action (especially in film, since it is the "show me" medium). I thought this was about the dumbest thing that could have come out of that dumb ol' demon's mouth.
2.) Another thing I noticed was how stupid the demons looked. This really bothered me (more than the corny dialogue), and it's because Hollywood seems to always screw up the appearance of the antagonist/evil beings. I don't know why this is. They seem to spend so much time making sure the protagonist looks good (which I thought he did) that they forget about the most important characters in the story (the bad dudes). Yes, protagonists are cool and all, but I always find that the antagonist is always more interesting. The demons didn't look realistic at all. They looked like something from a bad 80's movie. If you don't believe me, watch the film. At least they didn't gush out green blood stuff...
3.) This is the point that bothered me more than any other point in the film. When did Gargoyles ever become attached to God or the heavens? I have read about the genesis of the idea of the Gargoyle, and it has nothing to do with The Church way back when, or anything. When people (screenwriters and directors) begin bending various beings and things and forcing them into realms they don't belong, it screws up the originality of the being or thing. The same thing has happened with vampires today. Joe Hill (Stephen King's son) asked who the hell ever would create a vampire that glitters and is attractive? That is not the history of the vampire. He said they are more closely related to a leech, or something of that nature. Far from glittery or attractive. However, we'll blame the Catholics for Gargoyles being a part of the heavens and "God's Army" just to be safe.
Kevin Grevioux played in the film as the largest (physically) guard of Naberius. If you are not annoyed by his unrealistically stupid sounding voice, I don't know what you are hearing. It is the most unnecessary voice in the entire film (and any other film for that matter). However, that is something that you might want to check out on your own time if you don't believe me, or if you think I am being too harsh.
The forecast throughout the entire film is dark and gloomy. I was hoping that it would at least be partly cloudy with a chance of some sunshine, but no, it never happened. I realize that this is to set the mood for the film, but again, like so many things in this film, it was over the top cliche.
Naberius (in his human form) raises his eyebrow after every piece of dialogue is directed at him. If anyone did this in real life, I would think they are bit off—and by that, I mean completely out of it. It was an unnecessary mannerism that didn't have any purpose in the development of the character. I do admit that Naberius (in his human form) had some good strings of dialogue. Some parts were very well written.
Furthermore, Naberius was too cheesy. He wasn't any more special than those that he was ruling over. How he dies is even more cheesy. I will leave this one up to you to investigate. I would get even more annoyed if I decided to write it out (it's not worth the 15 seconds it would take to write it on this thread).
Kevin's character seems to be this huge BA, but turns out, he is killed instantly by a Gargoyle without even putting up a fight... The same thing with Naberius. There was no final battle, and that made the climax of the film horrible (there was no climax when I think about it). There was nothing that the main character had to overcome.
Lastly, the main woman Leonore (Miranda Otto) is suppose to be some awesome princess thing that the Gargoyles look up to, but she doesn't lift one finger for the cause of the entire movie. She is the only link to the archangels for the Gargoyles, and she offers absolutely 0 help in the entire film. She is able to turn into this white Gargoyle, and does nothing. Did I say she does nothing? She does nothing.
The overall development of the characters was pitiful. There is nothing else I can say. Rotten Tomatoes had a 4% approval rate. Not 40%, but 4%! I didn't think that was even possible. I would give this film a 2/10. Good day.