Fulvue Drive-In.com
Current Reviews
In Stores Soon
In Stores Now
DVD Reviews, SACD Reviews Essays Interviews Contact Us Meet the Staff
An Explanation of Our Rating System Search  
Category:    Home > Reviews > Horror > Monster > Gothic > Literature > Victor Frankenstein (2015/Fox Blu-ray)

Victor Frankenstein (2015/Fox Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: C+ Film: C

I think there were two main factors as to why Max Landis' Victor Frankenstein (2015) didn't do too well at the box office. For one, it was released around Thanksgiving and not Halloween (not sure the reasoning behind that), and two, the film rightfully earned mixed reviews from both critics and fans alike.

The film boasts a great cast including James McAvoy as Victor (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Daniel Radcliffe as Igor (the now grown-up Harry Potter) along with some appearances by Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, Alien 3, For Your Eyes Only) and a decent performance by newcomer Jessica Brown Findlay.

Starting in a circus sideshow, the film introduces us to Igor, who is a clown in the traveling circus, and viewed as a freak for a back condition that he has. All that Igor (Radcliffe) has in his dismal life is a beautiful high-wire artist named Lorelei (Findlay) to gawk at. As chance would have it, he ends up meeting Victor Frankenstein and proving himself as something of a good lab assistant. Victor breaks Igor out of the freak show and the two become partners. Victor even fixes up Igor's back and allows him to become a normal functioning person in society. Soon, however, Igor discovers that Victor has been working on a pet project: becoming God. One doomed experiment ends to the ultimate creation of the Frankenstein monster, seen near the end of the film, that changes the lives of both men forever.

Close to two hours in length, the film boasts strong production design and a great cast as mentioned. What it lacks is a strong screenplay (surprisingly also written by Director Landis of World War Z fame), with many scenes feeling rushed and as disjointed as the creation of the monster itself. Points off also for some bad editing decisions and some lame title designs (namely the ones that present Victor himself) that look amateur and took me out of the film.

The monster himself doesn't look terrible but not as original a look as other incarnations I've seen in the past. For a story that has been done so many times, I feel like this film isn't quite an original enough take on it to earn cult status and may eventually become lost in the pile of every other Frankenstein-inspired tale ever made. Had it taken a more hammy direction like Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters did and not taken itself so seriously and had maybe some more gore, then perhaps the film would have been more well received.

What works are McAvoy and Radcliffe, both who take the script and run with it to the best of their abilities and make you wonder what these two would be more capable had they had better material to work with. A sequel is teased at the end of the film, but seems pretty unlikely.

Presented in 1080p High Definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 lossless mix that doesn't disappoint. The texture and colors are balanced throughout and really make the film pop on screen.

A digital UV copy of the film is also included.

Extras Include:

Deleted Scenes (Blu-ray Exclusive)

The Making of Victor Frankenstein

Galleries - Production Design, Production Photography and Behind-The-Scenes

Theatrical trailer

If you're a Frankenstein fan, I say give it a watch, but don't try to compare it too much to other better imaginings.

- James Lockhart



 Copyright © MMIII through MMX fulvuedrive-in.com