I, Frankenstein (2014)

I, Frankenstein
Director: Stuart Beattie
Writer: Stuart Beattie
Based on: Kevin Grevioux‘s comic, which is in turn based on Mary Shelley‘s novel
Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Bill Nighy, Jai Courtney, Caitlin Stasey, Mahesh Jadu, Kevin Grevioux

Plot:
Shortly after the death of his creator, Frankenstein’s creature (Aaron Eckhart) is attacked by demons who seem to need him for something. The creature is saved by Gargoyle Angel Warriors who see his potential as a fighter and want to recruit him for their order. But even though the Gargoyle Queen Leonore (Miranda Otto) gives him his name – Adam – and treats him more like a human than anybody did before, he is not persuaded. But when things continue to get worse, Adam has a choice to make.

I, Frankenstein is an incredibly bad film. But it hits the exact sweet spot between bad and good: the spot of craptacular, shitmazing and so bad it’s good. If you have any love for bad films, I, Frankenstein will give you exactly what you need.

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I, Frankenstein is not a film that concerns itself with minor things like logic, consequences or making sense. It’s a film that reprimands Adam for fighting a demon in an alleyway because he’s drawing too much attention and also, a man got killed, then turns around and has a massive battle with exploding demons and gargoyles in the city center around the church. It’s a film that kills off the most interesting characters within 10 minutes and gives them their backstory while they’re dying. It’s a film that features a beefed-up Aaron Eckhart as a “monster” because there are some strategically placed scars in his face.

In short, it’s a film that just doesn’t care about the quality of its storytelling or about making sense. It cares about the aesthetics, at least partly, and it just really wants to be cool. And since it throws itself with utter abandon into being cool, it works in a rather dorky way.

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There is one thing that didn’t fit with the rest of the film:  the transformation from gargoyle into human was breathtakingly beautiful. That was an effect worthy of a film that’s actually good.

But other than that I laughed until I cried during this film because it was just so wonderfully absurd and absurdly wonderful. Bill Nighy hamming it up, Miranda Otto, Jay Courtney and Aaron Eckhart playing it completely straight (which only made it more ridiculous), the overblown premise, the weird accuracy regarding the original of the beginning only to abandon it completely, the plot holes, the lack of logic, … there is nothing I didn’t love about it.

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Summarizing: Awesome.

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