Frankenstein online movie review - Not That Bad
So I saw this movie recently and honestly, its not that bad even though the monster is not made from dead body parts like in the book, hes somehow engineered and hatched in a lab in a giant incubator. So right off the bat the creepiness of the original is not there.
But main problem is that you just don't really have to much sympathy for the Monster. You cared a lot more about Boris Karloff in the original! This time, the monster is this really good looking guy with an Aussie accent -- and how I ask you -- are we supposed to feel sorry for a good looking Australian guy with an accent?!?!!?
Even though he was brutalized you just didn't really care to much. Just grossed out by all the violence and blood! So, Id say that was the major problem with this movie. That and the fact that it takes place in LA which just made it another sci-fi along the lines of "Embryo" or something like that... definitely not the True Spirit of Frankenstein.
Just look at the difference between this movie and "The Elephant Man." There was a classic! You really cared a lot about the elephant man, John Merick. Right off the bat you liked him no matter how grotesque he looked. You really cared. People in the audience were crying when he died.
But now in this movie,you just don't really care, your just waiting to see what happens and how he dies. Thats all. They tried to make the monster like an infant, a grown baby, but then they made the mistake of having an adult narration, so that didn't make any sense at all. It would of been much better with a very juvenile, basic narration with simple words to match the simple brain he had... The director said the narration was straight from Mary Shelly's book, but because they went with this Big Baby concept, instead of the Dead People stitched together concept, the voice over narration just didn't make sense! Very contradictory. This was unfortunate and severely hurt this movie I believe
OH WELL, at the end of the day I guess it still had it's moments Carrie Anne Moss always pretty good, Danny Huston,,, meh but Tony Todd was cool playing a blues playing home less guy... Hes great in everything, what an actor! - So I guess overall this movie really was not that bad, but honestly it was just not even anywhere CLOSE to the original with Boris Karolff - a true Cinema Classic!!
Anyway i give it a "2" because the Bad Badger with the gun at the beginning was to cute!