Victor Frankenstein (2015)

victorDirector: Paul McGuigan

Writer: Max Landis (Screenplay) Mary Shelley (Novel)

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay, Bronson Webb, Daniel Mays, Spencer Wilding, Andrew Scott, Freddie Fox

 

Plot: Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man – and the legend – we know today.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice but Pointless Story

 

Story: Victor Frankenstein starts with Igor (Radcliffe) giving us the known backstory on Victor Frankenstein and how everyone remembers his monster rather than the man. Igor works as a circus where his hunchback is just part of the act as he also plays the part of doctor for the circus. When an accident involving Lorelei (Findlay) the high-wire act leaves Igor a chance to show off his skills to Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and a new friendship is born.

When Victor cures Igor’s hunchback we see how Inspector Turpin (Scott) a man of God is trying to track them down. Victor and Igor uses the ideas of bringing the dead back to life working on all the scientific research already gather to make it all a reality, but could they be going too far, as we deal with the morale questions behind their ideas.

Victor Frankenstein is a film I did enjoy the story because too often we see the monster Frankenstein creates instead of focusing on the Victor Frankenstein character. My big question really is do we really want to see the creation and actions on Victor only this time it is told from a the view of Igor. I don’t really know how I feel after this because it really didn’t seem to be slow as I did like looking at how the story was being done but I felt the final act was just forced to remind us what Victor eventually does. In the end we feel we have seen this already without wanting to see it again.

 

Actor Review

 

Daniel Radcliffe: Igor is our narrator as he tells his story where he starts as a nameless circus hunchback with a knowledge of science, who on a chance encounter at the circus meets Victor. Victor gives Igor a chance to show all of his potential curing his hunchback as they both enter into the morale questions about how far to go with their science. Daniel does a good job and continues to break away from his Harry Potter character.igor

James McAvoy: Victor Frankenstein is the scientist and doctor we all know from the books, this time he is similar and just as ambitious to achieve his reality of bringing the dead back to life. He dismisses the new life he has given to Igor so he can break all the rules of science. James seems to be very familiar in this role without bringing anything original to the character.victor himsefl

Jessica Brown Findlay: Lorelei is the fellow circus performer whose life Igor and Victor save, she gets out of the circus like Igor where the two start a romance which only frustrates Victor. Jessica doesn’t get enough screen time to really shine in this story.

Andrew Scott: Inspector Turpin is the religious inspector trying to find the two suspects who are going against science. He is smart enough to put together the pieces which leads him to Victor and Igor. Andrew brings us a standard inspector performance.inspecor

Support Cast: Victor Frankenstein has a supporting cast that doesn’t really add too much except stopping or helping Victor.

Director Review: Paul McGuiganPaul gives us a good story being unfolded but doesn’t bring enough original content.

 

Horror: Victor Frankenstein doesn’t really get too many horror aspects in this which really disappoints.

Sci-Fi: Victor Frankenstein does give us the sci-fi side of breaking barriers in science throughout.

Settings: Victor Frankenstein recreates the settings well for the time being used.
Special Effects
: Victor Frankenstein doesn’t have the strongest effects as you can see the CGI throughout.

Suggestion: Victor Frankenstein is a solid retelling of the story but is slightly disappointing for where the story could go. (Try It)

 

Best Part: I like the science idea.

Worst Part: The monster seems forced.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

Tagline: Discover the origin of the monster and his creation.

 

Overall: Yet another retelling of the classic story that falls short

Ratingccard

Tracey Birdsall Cast in Dance of the Blue Tattoo

Award winning actress Tracey Birdsall (The Young & The Restless, Rogue Warrior : Robot Fighter) has been cast opposite The Blacklist’s Harry Lennix in Dance of the Blue Tattoo.super

Del Weston directs from a script by award winning screenwriter Matt DeGennaro.

Mia Goldman (Birdsall), possessed by superior agility, strength and beauty, is driven by an incomprehensible, subconscious urge to travel south to the Yucatan. Surprised by a series of strange messages and disturbing events, she realizes a power greater than her own has changed her pleasure trip to heal from a nasty divorce into a dangerous, supernatural journey into the Mayan underworld and Fifth dimension.
Furthermore Mia, formerly oblivious to her extra-terrestrial lineage, discovers she’s no longer just a pleasure seeking, divorced female from New Jersey, but the Last Celestial from an ancient, extra-terrestrial race who can change human destiny and save humans from total destruction.  She overcomes her fear of being sacrificed, does what’s necessary to save humanity and fall in love again.

Birdsall’s character is described as “beautiful, buff, coy, a skilled martial artist and former MMA champion with long, flowing, blond hair and penetrating, blue eyes”.

Rudy Youngblood (Apocalypto) co-stars.

Set to shoot on the island of Gran Canaria, Dance of the Blue Tattoo is currently in pre-production with a release date to be announced in the New Year.

Birdsall next appears in the science-fiction thrillerRogue Warrior : Robot Fighter and the controversial comedy Who’s Jenna?

Opinion Battles Year 2 Introduction to Players

opinion battles

We had a great year last year and with the new rules, new subjects and new players, it seems fitting to introduce the players.

First thing first though, the first subject is going to be Favourite Tarantino character? And if you want to join in this round or further rounds contact moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk or click here closing date for this round is 10th January 2016. We are always open to more players so if you think you can beat Rob come and join in.

The Champion – Movie Robmovie rob

Movie Rob gives us numerous reviews on a daily basis, he also hosts Genre Guesstimation on a monthly basis where he takes ideas from fellow writers and dedicates a week to all films on that subject. We also co-hosted a Stephen King Blogathon through October. If you ever want a film review, just see this man’ site and you will be able to find nearly any subject or challenge him to watch one he hasn’t.

Runner Up – Khalid – The Blazing Reelblazing reel

Khalid comes from The Blazing Reel who gives us wonderful reviews, his own awards, Top five lists and random reflections. Khalid was a consentient scorer through year one and with his dominating win in the final round this year he will be a player to watch out for next year around.

Third – Emma – Emmakwall (Explains it all)emma

Emma is best friend in the blog writing world, she gives us delightfully comic filled reviews and is always up to chat to all of the people that comment on the posts. She also tackles Original Sound Tracks through a range of films. We won’t go into her celebrity crushes though.

Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviewsdrew

Drew gives us plenty of reviews, he also looks at trailers and gives us his favourite movie quotes of the week. Last year Drew gave us a solid performance just missing out on the top three by the end of the year.

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reasons g liput

S.G. Liput gives us the most unique of all of the reviews involved in Opinion Battles because he turns his reviews into poetry before getting into his own views on the films. He gives us a very interest read that is something different to your normal reviews.

Jenna & Allie – Flicks Chicksflick chicks

Jenna and Allie are two friends from Birmingham England who have one of my personal favourite style of reviews, the pair review films giving their own opinions on it make it feel like you are reading one of their conversation of the film they have just scene.

That Other Criticthat other critic

That Other Critic gives all the films a grab between A – F to show how he rates the films. He came strong in the later rounds of opinion Battles and could be the surprise package for the new year’s rounds.

Kim – Tranquil Dreamskim

Kim is one of the most experienced writers involved in Opinion Battles, she covers film, books, baking & food, travels and mostly everyday events. In 2015 she joined David from That Moment In for Random Film Chats Podcast where the two and eventually Melissa from Creative Fox Den spend 30 minutes chatting about different films or subjects on film. Kim is a player that will never be afraid to pick a choice other people will overlook which always makes her choices very interesting in year one.

Tim – Filmfunkeltim

Tim gives us plenty of reviews over a full range of films, I do love to read the horror reviews because like me he will find the lesser known horrors as well as mixing them up with the big cinema films. Tim is a very consistent reviewer that will give you something fresh on a daily basis.

Summer – Serendipitous Anachronismssumer

Summer was our newest player who only took part in the final few rounds and someone I only had the pleasure of meeting late in the year in the writing world. Summer has a taste for history, fashion, music, dance, performance, fine art, literature and cinema and has an enjoyment of old films.

New Players

I am delighted to introduce all the people that might be coming in to joining the next years, these are subject to change depending on schedules, but can they beat our reigning champion?

Jen – Combustible Reviewsjen

 

Richard – The Humpo Showhumpo

 

Dan – Slip/Throughslip through

 

Millenial Dan – A Tale of Two Danstale of two

 

Damien Riley – Riley Central

riley

Damien Riley posts from California. His blog, Riley Central, consists of movie reviews, a photoblog, and online diary.

Table 9 Mutant – Cinema Parrot Discocinema

2015 Watched List Part 45

Over the past year I have seen an incredible amount of films and I have decided to share with you all which ones I have seen in what order. I am going to be doing these in groups of ten, where I will pick my favourite of the bunch and the worst of the bunch.

 

So without further ramblings here we go 451 – 460:

 

1.      Jason X uber jason Jason Voorhees in space, this is one of my ultimate guilty pleasures that I can watch again and again so it was kind of on in the background.

2.      Rocky rocky This is the ultimate underdog story on amateur boxer who gets a chance to face the world champion. Amazingly this was my first watch.

3.      Rocky II rocky 2 Continuing the story of Rocky as he gets a rematch against Apollo. As you can tell I seemed to go through the marathon of the Rocky films and enjoyed this more than the first one.

4.      The Hallow hallow This year’s creature feature horror film of the year, fact.

5.      Maze Runner: Scorch Trials maze A young adult film that I actually liked the sequel to, well that is a first.

6.      The Martian martian Time to rescue Matt Damon again well this time the whole film is enjoyable without being as serious as it could be as everyone takes the situation slightly light heartedly.

7.      Rocky III rock Rocky is back to face a new enemy while teaming up with an old friend, out of the four I have seen I found this the weakest.

8.      Rocky IV rocky 4 Rocky has to avenge the death of a close friend and this time he is going away to Russia to stop the boxing machine.

9.      Red Lights red lights When an ambitious psychic investigator goes against one of the biggest names in the industry to prove just how much of fake he is, this is a brilliant psychological thriller that is twist filled.

10.  Ghost in the Shell ghost The highly rated anime film left me feeling slightly confused with just where it was meant to be going.

 

The Best – The Martianmartian

 

The Worst – Rocky IIIrock