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- 1 hr 49 min
Victor Frankenstein is a 2015 contemporary adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic horror novel, Frankenstein. Directed by Paul McGuigan, the film stars Daniel Radcliffe in the role of Igor, James McAvoy as Victor Frankenstein, and Jessica Brown Findlay as Lorelei, Igor's love interest. The movie is set in a Victorian-era London and centers around Igor, a hunchbacked and mistreated circus clown, who meets Victor while tending to his wounds after a circus accident. Victor recognizes Igor's intelligence and hires him as his assistant. Throughout the movie, the two develop an unusual friendship, with Victor providing Igor with a sense of purpose and belonging, while Igor becomes Victor's steadfast ally.
Victor is relentless in his pursuit of scientific discovery and seeks to create life using artificial means. As Victor and Igor work on their experiment, they encounter various obstacles, including a rival scientist who tries to sabotage their research and an investigation led by a police inspector who suspects the gruesome experiments.
As the story progresses, the tension builds, and the experiments become increasingly disturbing. Victor becomes more and more erratic and unstable, and Igor begins to question the moral implications of what they are doing. Meanwhile, Lorelei, a trapeze artist who was once saved by Igor, serves as a moral compass for him, reminding him of the importance of empathy and compassion.
One thing that sets this adaptation apart from other versions of Frankenstein is the focus on Igor as a character. Rather than being a minor figure, Igor is elevated to a central role and given his backstory, personality, and agency. Daniel Radcliffe plays the character with sensitivity and nuance, giving him a depth and humanity that is often missing in other versions.
James McAvoy also gives a dynamic performance as Victor, portraying him as a brilliant but tormented and deeply flawed character. The chemistry between Radcliffe and McAvoy is electric, and the scenes between the two actors are some of the film's most compelling.
Overall, Victor Frankenstein is a visually stunning and intense film that explores themes of ambition, morality, and the power of science. While it takes liberties with the source material, it captures the essence of Mary Shelley's novel and delivers a gripping and thought-provoking cinematic experience.
Victor Frankenstein is a 2015 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 49 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.9 and a MetaScore of 36.