- MPAA Rating:
- 109 mins
- Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Freddie Fox
- Paul McGuigan
- John Davis
Content at a Glance
couple kisses in a few scenes.
g/omg-3; “by g**”-2; s-2; d-4; h-1; fool-2
a woman falls from a trapeze but survives; circus characters punch and kick a clown, and some might be real violence; punching and fights with some blood on some characters; bloody and gross body parts shown, ready to be used in experiment; guns held on characters; flames on a man; characters are shocked, and some die; a character is speared more than once; an animal is killed when it is hit with a fire extinguisher; men shoved.
drinking in several scenes; some characters are drunk; wine; needle put in man’s back to drain fluid; a comment about a man being a morphine addict; the mention of whiskey.
shirtless man; a woman is shown wearing a corset.
man drains and sucks fluid from man’s back; a man questions whether god exists and states that if he does, he has done a poor job; man says, “god has no authority here,” but this same man suffers much later; tension between characters; man uses dead body parts to create a man.
Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins and his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Victor Von Frankenstein and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man — and the legend — we know today.
“Victor Frankenstein” has a few good things going for it, including actor James McAvoy as Victor Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe as Igor. In the opening sequence, Frankenstein saves Igor, a clown, from a cruel fate at the circus, and an ensuing chase sequence is well done. Interestingly, Igor is a bit of a science whiz himself. However, the story later goes off into some strange places, and the filmmakers make some really curious choices. Without giving major plot moments away, early in the film, Frankenstein cures Igor of his hunchback problem, so the legendary hunchbacked Igor thrives through the remaining film with a back straight as a ruler. In addition, we learn Victor had a brother who figures into the plot. Sadly, the monster isn’t brought to life until almost the end of the film and when he is — well, let’s just say something happens that will make people scratch their heads.
The film features a few fascinating scenes, including a pair of eyes without a body, following a lit match of Frankenstein’s. The movie does raise some moral questions and looks at the consequences of man trying to emulate God. At any rate, this unusual take on Mary Shelley’s novel features strong violence, so it cannot receive our Dove Seal.