Well that was certainly a film. Relatively well paced, well acted… it was a film.
The film starts with “You know this story. The crack if lightning. A mad genius. An unholy creation” and, yes, I do know that story. But I also already know this story. Beat for beat. That isn’t to say that this movie rips off any other film that I know of – but this film is simply a collection of tropes and characters that I have seen a thousand times.
Now, I’m aware that screenwriter Max Landis published the script for this film online, though I have not read it. Still, I know he wouldn’t do something like that were there not major elements left out or changed. As such, the following is not really a criticism of the original intent of the screenplay and story (since I am ignorant of it), but simply of the final product.
With that in mind – since this was a different take on the Frankenstein mythos, could they not have focussed on something other than modern man’s hubris, and the overdone moral of “man should not play God!”
Look, I know that “don’t play God” is sorta the whole deal with Frankenstein but, after it being the primary trope in a good chunk of horror, sci-fi and action/adventure in multiple forms – can’t we just give it a fucking rest?
If this was aiming to be a more faithful adaptation of the book, then I could forgive the now cliche storyline – but it is anything but a faithful adaptation. Hell, the main character in this movie is Igor, a character that wasn’t even in the book – so why keep the moral?
Okay, very mild spoilers from hereon (seriously, though – you already know it).