(This review may contain spoilers).
I know the story of Frankenstein’s monster particularly well, but I liked the fact that this movie focused more on the friendship between Igor and Victor. It was good to see the way this movie started off with a narrative feel to it. I felt a lot of sympathy for Igor. I would have liked more details about his history and how he joined the circus… but I liked that his intelligence was made very clear early on, which gave his character a vastly different feel to most versions of Igor.
I recognised the actors who played both Igor and Victor and I felt they both fit their respective roles really well. I was glad to see that Lorelei was a nice person and I thought the romance between her and Igor was sweet and felt natural… even if I didn’t think it felt all that realistic for that time.
I wouldn’t say that this film should have been billed as a 12A. In my opinion, it’s closer to a 15. Some of the scenes were really quite creepy to watch, especially with the first scene where Igor and Victor bring something to life.
I was a bit disappointed with Inspector Turpin. I had thought he was an interesting character who had more depth to him… but although he’d seemed sympathetic to Igor at first, his obsession made him less likable… even though it did make him more interesting.
It was good to learn more of Victor’s past and what drove him to conduct his research. It was also interesting to get a glimpse of his relationship with his father… who I strongly disliked.
Although there was some violence in this movie, I did think that the storyline was good and it drew me in really easily. I recognised quite a few of the actors and enjoyed their work in this. The ending was kind of unexpected… but still good, even though it was extremely violent. There was a part of me that couldn’t help but feel some sympathy for Frankenstein’s Monster.