I, Frankenstein

i frankenstein
ACTION, FANTASY, SCIENCE FICTION
2014

DIRECTOR: Stuart Beattie CAST: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto, Yvonne Strahovski, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Mehesh Jadu, Kevin Grevioux

RATING – 5.4 out of 10

  • Acting – 4 out of 10
    • This movie is really just meant to be mindless fun. And that’s exactly what it was. The acting was bad, but you can forgive the normally excellent cast because this isn’t a film that’s meant to have good performances.
  • Writing/Dialogue – 4 out of 10
    • Again, this is just supposed to be mindless entertainment. It’s not supposed to be thought-provoking or inspirational. It’s supposed to be nothing more than fun. And that’s exactly what it was, with it’s corny dialogue and sub-par writing.
  • Diversity – 6 out of 10
    • A relatively diverse film. Yes, the main characters were all white, but two of them were women (one of which was the omnipotent queen of the gargoyles). But a lot of the supporting characters were persons of colour, so that was nice. It would have been nicer if the main characters weren’t all white.
  • Visual Effects – 3 out of 10
    • This is where you’d think the film would excel, because this was all it was made for. But it even failed here. I liked that the demons disintegrated into fire and ash on their descent into hell and that the gargoyles burst into light on their ascension into heaven. But the visual effects department seemed like they couldn’t agree on exactly what shade of red to use for the fireballs (sometimes they were more orange, others they were almost a fluorescent pink).
    • Also, there was one time where one of the demons dies and his fiery essence passes right in front of Yvonne Strahovski and she just stands there. She doesn’t move at all, and it’s apparent that she’s looking in a completely different spot than at the fireball.
    • The lighting on the gargoyles was just off.
  • Cinematography & Art Direction – 8 out of 10
    • Now this is actually where the film excelled. The cinematography was grim and dark. And the castle was stunning.
  • Costumes, Makeup, & Hairstylings – 7 out of 10
    • Loved the costumes. Loved the makeup. The hairstyles were a bit meh.
  • Plot/Story – 7 out of 10
    • I really loved the concept of the gargoyles. We don’t often see gargoyles in film, as anything other than stone statues. But I really liked that they were the guardians of the world, defending it against the demons.
    • But I really didn’t understand why Gideon suddenly attacks Adam. I get that he never liked Adam nor was he ever on board with the queen’s decision of giving Adam sanctuary. But there was no cause for him to suddenly attack him and he wasn’t working for Naberius, the demon prince. So it just didn’t make any sense.
  • Time – 7 out of 10
    • Didn’t really seem too long, but I suppose it could have been shorter.
  • Grandiosity vs. Humility – 3 out of 10
    • I mean, really though, what are these movies made for if not for ridiculous bravado. Terrible movie, but still a lot of fun.
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