Monster movie bites off more than it can chew

By Pat Quinn

Frankenstein’s monster, Adam, finds himself in a war between gargoyles and demons in “I, Frankenstein.”

The movie stars Aaron Eckhart as Adam and Bill Nighy as Naberius. Nighy worked with writer Kevin Grevioux in the “Underworld” series.

“I, Frankenstein” is too involved because Frankenstein isn’t even in the main concept. The only similar aspect is that a scientist from centuries earlier created a monster. Putting this modern spin on the film is almost a disgrace to the traditional story.

Trying to incorporate gargoyles and demons is a difficult concept for someone to wrap their mind around. Gargoyles are normally monsters viewers don’t see, so to intertwine them into the movie and throw demons on top of that shows a sign of ignorance to classic creatures of the night.

Computer-generated images are popular in movies today. This movie dramatically overuses it. When producers created “Underworld,” costume design was no joke for making vampires and werewolves. Yes, those are different monsters, but the integrity remains the same. For a movie that has a $70 million budget, it should be a little more believable. It’s almost as if Eckhart took the role so he could see his face scared up on screen.

The action for this movie doesn’t seem that strong, either. Adam is portrayed almost as a superhero, being mobile, futile and deadly. He’s seen as a warrior who can do almost anything. He even wields these distinct, interesting daggers. It still overplays the idea that Frankenstein’s monster is some sort of vigilante.

The only things worth giving credit to are the props; they’re medieval and supernatural, and props of this nature are intricate. The glyphs on the books have unique specifications and the person involved should be acknowledged for his or her work.

It’s good to make changes, but when something works, don’t try to fix it. There are things in the fabric of cinema that shouldn’t be changed or altered to the extent where the entire story has been almost completely changed. The crew took every aspect they could and cranked the knob up to 100 percent.

The CGI is overdone and the overall concept of the Frankestein monster has been dismantled. This is one movie audiences will walk out and be thankful they are mortal.