Despite the film's name, the real hero of Victor Frankenstein — and most interesting character — is Daniel Radcliffe's Igor, a circus escapee who's been living the tortured life of an 1800s "freak." James McEvoy's Victor, a grad student desperate to prove himself and his ability to create life, is appropriately mad and a bit goofy, but it's Igor who carries the movie on his not-quite hunchback.
Of course, you could say what really made the film was the bromance between Victor and Igor, which is very reminiscent of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law's in the Sherlock Holmes movies. McEvoy and Radcliffe's chemistry as their characters geek out over science was enjoyable enough that the romance between Igor and Lorelei (Jessica Brown Findlay) seemed completely unnecessary; I would have much preferred to see more Vigor in lieu of Igorelei. Perhaps they should have made this a TV series, just so we have an excuse to use these ship names more often.
Almost as if not equally enjoyable to watch was the dynamic between Victor and Detective Turpin (TV's Sherlock baddie Andrew Scott), who respectively represent the battle between science and God to the point that they'll go to the most extreme lengths to prove their side is the right one. Nothing could go wrong with mentalities like that, right?
The film doesn't feature a terrible amount of violence or bloodshed, save for the big centerpiece at the end. One element I wasn't expecting was the gross-out factor. Early on in the film is a scene that might very well make you gag — the squeamish and faint of heart have been warned.
Consensus: Victor Frankenstein is a fun popcorn flick, as well as a decent choice if you like to spend your Thanksgivings at the movies.
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