I, Frankenstein

Adam: "I'm a dozen different parts of eight different corpses. I'm a monster."
Terra: "You're only a monster if you behave like one."

release year: 2014
genre: fantasy/action
viewing setting: home Bluray 2/26/15

synopsis: Frankenstein's monster has survived for over 200 years, and is involved in a long-running battle between gargoyles and demons.

impressions: This was fairly entertaining, in the same way as Van Helsing or the Mummy movies - it's a modern take on a classic monster (or several) with modern action and special effects. As far as I know, this is the first time gargoyles have been depicted as good guys. And of course, modern science and scientists, as well as a mega-corporation, are involved. The movie doesn't shy away from perhaps the primary point of the original novel, which is that the monster is a better man than a lot of regular people, and is searching for his purpose.

acting: Aaron Eckhart is the monster, though he lacks the size and strength that only special effects could have brought. Yvonne Strahovski is a human scientist who befriends him. Jai Courtney is the general of the gargoyle army. Bill Nighy is the evil CEO who's also a demon lord. Miranda Otto is the sometimes-helpful, sometimes-foolish gargoyle queen.

final word: Decent monster action.

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