I, Frankenstein Blu-raySuperheroes are all the rage right now, and it makes sense that the Underworld creators would want to take their action-oriented sensibilities and turn a fictional monster into an exciting hero. Unfortunately, the script by graphic novel writer Kevin Grevioux and Pirates of the Caribbean’s Stuart Beattie panders around, taking itself pretty seriously but never really delivering on the action or the dramatics.
I, Frankenstein actually has a modestly famous cast, with Aaron Eckhart taking on the role of Frankenstein, a monster created in 1795 who eventually morphs into a protector of humanity. Before he gets there, the film time hops quite a bit, introducing us to a group of gargoyles led by Gideon (Jai Courtney) and a billionaire demon going by the name Charles Wessex (Bill Nighy). Eventually, the lives of humans are put on the line and Frankenstein, now called Adam, has to determine who he is and where he stands in the fight.
Of course, that’s a barebones description of the plot, which actually happens to be rather convoluted and includes the ascension of gargoyles, the potential reanimation of corpses and much, much more. I’d never deign to call I, Frankenstein light on the action, but unfortunately, the action is never really engaging enough to be a selling point for the movie. The acting really isn’t a selling point, either. Fans need go no further than Eckhart’s ridiculous Batman voice to see why.
It’s too bad, because the set itself is actually pretty nice. Fans can splurge for the I, Frankenstein 3D edition of the film, which has a snazzy case, although we can’t say much about the 3D itself since we don’t have the right player. Lionsgate’s film features some pretty great CGI; so, one would imagine it really pops in 3D.
If you are a fan of Mary Shelley’s original Frankenstein book or do love pretty much any fantasy story, I, Frankenstein might be a flick worth checking out. For everyone else, the Blu-ray edition of the flick is probably one to skip.
Best Special Feature:
Unlike a good percentage of movies, I, Frankenstein goes a little crazy with the bonus features. There are two audio commentaries—two!—and it’s clear through each of the extras that those involved were very invested in the project. The best of the extras is probably the "Frankenstein’s Creatures" segment, which delves into how the I, Frankenstein movie came together, picking up where Mary Shelley’s novel left off and telling "another chapter" of the character’s life. The extra also takes a closer look at the VFX that pop up onscreen, as well as look at the different creatures that are a part of the movie.
Other Bonus Features:
Audio Commentary with co-writer/ director Stuart Beattie
Audio Commentary with filmmakers Gary Lucchese, Richard Wright, James McQuade and Kevin Grevioux
"Creating a Monster" Featurette
"Frankenstein’s Creatures" Featurette