I, FRANKENSTEIN | 3D BLU RAY REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

We revisit our review from March of the effects-laden I, FRANKENSTEIN. Why do you ask? Well, our most awesome friends at eOneANZ have given us 3X copies on 3D BLU RAY to giveaway to you dear readers. How awesome – they are about $40- a pop – so big thanks to eOneANZ! I, FRANKENSTEIN is rated M and runs for 93mins. Find out how to win way down the bottom after reading Nick’s review. Now while Nick and myself are not huge fans of the film, both my parents actually loved it – they watched the review disk with me and both raved about it for the rest of the night, so different strokes for different folks :).

FROM MARCH:

I love the Frankenstein story, old and creepy and very sad. Written by the amazing Mary Shelley in 1818, it is nearly 200yrs old. Well do you know that story? Well forget about, this is nothing like it haha. It is more like Frankenstein meets Underworld and is directed, oddly, by Stuart Beattie, this is his second time directing since 2010’s Tomorrow, When The War Began – he loves film titles with commas in them :). It is about high action and visual effects. And Salty Kernel Nick Stanbrook battles demons and reviews the film below. Enjoy!

 

Stuart Beattie, Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey, Aden Young, I Frankenstein, Frankenstein, Film Review, Nick Thornton
I, FRANKENSTEIN – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

REVIEW BY NICK STANBROOK

Frankenstein’s monster is one of those staples of the horror genre. We all recognise the large bolts protruding from it’s neck, the incision marks running around it’s head, that slow menacing walk, and a deep trembling voice, that only manages to speak a single syllable at a time.  Think of the classic Frankenstein’s monster, picture it in your head… Now forget about it. I, FRANKENSTEIN is definitely a different take on the old legend. A way of refreshing that old stale monster, for the new fast paced action era.

I, FRANKENSTEIN is about Frankenstein’s monster (Aaron Eckhart) being chased by demons, and that’s about it really.  Oh and Frankenstein’s monster being strangely muscular and attractive. That was a bit weird.

The overall style of I, FRANKENSTEIN is its’ strongest selling point. Dark Gothic is done very well. There are large architectural set pieces, the sweeping shots of an ancient cathedral, the massive heartless corporate buildings, the blending of old and new buildings throughout the city. It’s dark and Gothic and it fits. It helps make some of the dialogue less cringe worthy, the idea of a Gargoyle order easier to stomach because it all fits in with the style.

 

Stuart Beattie, Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey, Aden Young, I Frankenstein, Frankenstein, Film Review, Nick Thornton
I, FRANKENSTEIN – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

The action is another strong point. The fight scenes as the Gargoyles transition between their forms, as the demons come rampaging in, it looks fantastic. Definitely the best moments were those nail biting battles. These scenes are fast paced, and just work. The main problem with these excellent action sequences is transitioning back into the slower points. Sometimes the switch between fast paced action and slow dialogue feels a bit too jarring.

One of the most notable things about this movie, is Bill Nighy’s character, and Bill Nighy himself. For those of you who have seen the Underworld series, would recognise him, as the main antagonist. Well he kind of plays the exact same role in this film. Just swap vampire for demon and you’re done. He plays that character very well, he is enjoyable to watch, that old style class on a slimy dislikeable character. The menacing intelligence. Bill Nighy nails it. But it’s the exact same. The demon prince, Naberius is Viktor from Underworld.  It is a shame when one of the best characters from a film, is the exact same character from a very similar film, made by the same producers.  Although Bill Nighy is such a  good Demon/ Vampire king, it’s not necessarily a bad thing, I guess I just found it odd.

 

Stuart Beattie, Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey, Aden Young, I Frankenstein, Frankenstein, Film Review, Nick Thornton
I, FRANKENSTEIN – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

Aaron Eckhart does a solid job, of portraying the soulless monster. His deep growling voice suits, as well as his constant look of anger. Understandably there is a lack of depth to a character that is missing a soul, essentially an empty being. However it would have been nice to have a little more complexity. To explore that idea of a monster who has been wandering the earth for hundreds of years, with no purpose or reason.

The dialogue and some of the story characterisation is a bit heavy handed. Some of the dialogue could have been just a little less cheesy, and a bit more subtle, instead of demons = bad. Some of the moments, where a character was explaining the great battle that has been going on for eternity, are laughable. Trying to make it seem grand and epic, but just coming off as over the top and clichéd.

Just like our hero, this film has most of the parts to make it great, but it’s really lacking a soul. (apologies for that one)

In other words, it feels, like another Hollywood Blockbuster, that is pieced together in a business plan, but lacks the heart and the personality that makes these kind of big mindless action movies work.

I really wanted to like I, FRANKENSTEIN but it just misses the mark.

 

KERNEL NICK’S POP SCORE: 

2 Pops

JK’S POP SCORE:

1 and a Half Pops

 

With special thanks to eOneANZ to win one of the 3x 3D BLU RAYS of I, FRANKENSTEIN you need to either like and share this post on Facebook or retweet/ favourite it on Twitter, you then need to answer the following question. 

Firstly, just an FYI on how to increase chances of winning a salty comp; commenting on the review generally holds you in better stead of winning as opposed to just comp sexing :)

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE AARON ECKHART FILM AND WHY? While not his film, THE DARK NIGHT has to be up the top for me – and hands down THANK YOU FOR SMOKING – amazing film. 

If you do not have Facebook and Twitter then you can still enter, leave your entry below and email me at jking@saltypopcorn.com.au telling me you don’t have social media (you still need to enter the comp on the website).

Prizes will be awarded based on skill and selected purely on the thoughts of the judges, said judges being the Salty Kernels, more likely ME.

The prizes will be sent in the next week or two. Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents.

 

 

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