Mary Shelly's Frankenstein has been toyed with, re-imagined, and experimented on for decades in an attempt to get one definitive version onscreen. When I saw the trailers for this movie, I was excited about seeing Victor Frankenstein and what it had to offer. That is until I had a chance to screen the movie, and it was unfortunately another missed opportunity. This movie should have been called Igor & Victor, rather than Victor Frankenstein since this story is told through the eyes of the mad scientists assistant rather than the Doctor himself. Not that it was a bad thing, just not what I had expected.
Victor Frankenstein which is a prequel to the events told inside Mary Shelly's classic doesn't quite balance itself out, as moments of tenderness provided by Igor's struggle with the ethics of the experiments and his desire to help Victor are intertwined with a rushed story pace trying to get you to the big moment when monster meets the makers. So much of what makes a Frankenstein movie was left out and so little made sense, which is sad really because they hit the target in casting McAvoy and Radcliffe. Both of these fine actors had great command of their roles, but in the end it was the story that failed them.
Victor Frankenstein isn't boring, but it fails to grab you the way the book did. I will give credit to the design of the monsters that Frankenstein created as well to the stunning costumes and sets depicting the period. It was visually beautiful indeed.
My final verdict is that Victor Frankenstein is a great movie to watch at home on Netflix or renting it for bluray from Redbox. Buying a ticket to see this movie on Thanksgiving when it comes out is as mad as the Doctor himself.