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Sunday, 21 February 2016

VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN [2015]

Luck Number Slevin director Paul McGuigan gives the Mary Shelley classic monster story a twist by adding in Igor as the protagonist in the bafflingly sloppy Victor Frankenstein.
The good crazed doctor saves a brilliant hunchback from an abusive circus ringleader, so they can aide each other in the research of making life eternal, leading one mand down a path of self-absorbed madness and the other spiraling into a tedious love story.
I was willing to give this critically panned box office bomb a chance seeing how much I've enjoyed the two lead's previous works but left with mostly disappointment and regret.  At first it seemed like it might be an attempt to rework the energy drink makeover of Guy Richie's Sherlock Holmes into the Frankenstein story and I was prepared to accept this silliness.  The first 20 minutes or so seemed to handle this idea quite well and then it just falls apart into boredom and gets duller and more duller by the minute right up until it's uninspired climax.

2 back-braces of 5

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