A crack of lightning. A mad genius. An unholy creation.

I remember reading Frankenstein in school and being less-than-impressed with it, but I tend to like any book/movie/TV show inspired by the story (I can't explain it either). 

Last Friday, I saw the new movie, Victor Frankenstein, which serves as a prequel to the events of the book. 

Here are three reasons to see the movie:

  1. Daniel Radcliffe
  2. James McAvoy
  3. Andrew Scott


Here are my actual reasons:

1) The Cast

Now, as a Harry Potter fan, of course I love Daniel Radcliffe, and I don't know how you can NOT love James McAvoy, and Andrew Scott as Moriarty is one of my favourite parts of Sherlock (which is saying something, because I love everything about Sherlock), plus Jessica Brown Findlay (Sybil from Downton Abbey) makes an appearance (and so does Louise Brealey (Sherlock's Molly) as a "Sexy Society Girl")! And I guess the supporting cast does a good job too, but I was focused on the people I recognized. Daniel Radcliffe is great as the hunchbacked clown-turned-physician Igor, and James McAvoy brings the right amount of cheese and genius to his mad scientist character. Also, their bromance is incredible and I want them to be in all the movies together. 

Andrew Scott, Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy

Andrew Scott, Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy

2) The Cinematography

At times, the movie has a Guy Ritchie feel to it, so as someone who enjoyed his Sherlock movies, I thought it was beautifully done. The effects in general were great - all the fleshy bits of the monster looked real, so it was kinda gross, but fit in with the overall vibe. 

3) The Story Line

As I mentioned, this is basically a prequel to the book, so if you're going in expecting to see the monster in the first ten minutes, you'll be disappointed. It builds a relationship between Igor and Victor as friends and (business) partners, and looks at Victor's fascination with bringing life back to the dead. It's also surprisingly funny at times, especially the brilliant but bizarre Victor who doesn't have time for people who don't understand his vision. 

Overall, I went in with certain expectations that were met, leaving me most satisfied with the outcome. And while I wouldn't necessarily watch it a second time, it was enjoyable for what it was: a backstory to a classic gothic novel.