Two centuries later, Shelley’s unholy creation is still prowling around just as surly and misunderstood as he ever was, but this latest film does virtually nothing to honor its original source. In I, Frankenstein, the iconic monster gets caught up in the ongoing war between the armies of the Gargoyles and the Demons—or was it the Jets and the Sharks? I could expound further upon the plot, but trust me, it’s completely irrelevant.
This film is ridiculous in the extreme, but I have to say, the picture and sound quality are pretty good. I found the 3D picture, though, a little flat and unimpressive in comparison with other films in the format. The intent was there but not the follow-through. The 2D version shines, however; imagery is consistently sharp and vibrant, and the sulfur and brimstone are palpable. The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio is exceptional. Dialogue is laughably awful, but it’s always crisp and clear. There’s also chaos and carnage aplenty to pulsate and pound through your speakers, and directionality is well maintained in the surrounds. A climactic battle that leaves the Notre Dame Cathedral in smoldering ruins is demo worthy.
Extras include two audio commentaries, two short featurettes, and the trailer.
We’ve recently seen a flood of historical figures and characters from classic literature reveal their true nature as ultimate ass-kickers in supernatural thrillers: Abraham Lincoln apparently hunted vampires, Jack is killing giants, Hansel and Gretel are slaughtering witches, and Frankenstein’s monster is now sending demons back to hell. I personally can’t wait for Huckleberry Finn: Martian Mutilator and Frédéric Chopin: Sasquatch Slayer in 3D.
Studio: Universal, 2014
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audio Format: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Length: 119 mins.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Stuart Beattie
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto