Please note the review below may contain minor spoilers - I've done my best to keep them to a minimum.
I’d have forgiven him if this was a high school drama performance, but as a "professional actor" Daniel Radcliffe does himself no favours with this outright amateur performance, all of his scenes oozing of a person clearly uncomfortable in character, playing the worst kind of pretend - it’s jarring in practically every scene he is in - which is unfortunate. This is made even worse when comparatively James McAvoy's performance is too good for the material he is given, creating a sense of him being emotionally unhinged and over the top.
This Paul McGuigan helmed creation plays out exactly as you assume, with small notes of details being added to the Mary Shelley novel we have all come to know - the results is a chimera of a filmic monster that would make Victor Frankenstein himself proud in its failure, with weak work across the board.
That’s not to say it’s all bad, there are some quite beautiful scenes that really do well to recreate the victorian era and some notable nods to the original Frankenstein movies of past. It even works well with certain visual effects, such as medical overlays of moving biology that help anoint that creative genius Frankenstein and Igor exude, for the audience to perceive - providing an almost Sherlock Holmes quality.
- 2 Out of 5 Stars
Daniel Radcliffe's performance
Poor script as it progresses
Some visual effects
Attempts to be different
Release Date: 4th December
Runtime: 1 hr 50 mins
Director: Paul McGuigan
Starring: James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Freddie Fox & Spencer Wilding
- Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
- I, Frankenstein
No, although there isn't a lot of violence there are a lot of scenes involving dismembered body parts.
Victor Frankenstein director Paul McGuigan also directed 4 episodes of the British, Sherlock series.