Friday, November 06, 2015

Frankenstein in 150 Words or Less

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You don't go in to a modernized retelling of Frankenstein expecting simplicity - you expect something like the upcoming Victor Frankenstein movie with Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy appears to be, with all the dodging of great big fireballs in the trailer. You expect too much of everything because what is modernization besides exactly that? But Bernard Rose's new Frankenstein, one of many new versions coming our way, somehow remains shockingly faithful to, well, if not the exact prose of Mary Shelley's creation than the exact essence of it, while stuffing in 3D printing to boot. It's a low-key marvel, what Rose manages, wiping away decades of dust from the machines, shining 'em up and making 'em pretty and making 'em turn on us just as quick as that. And Xavier Samuel, that pretty young thing, gives a surprisingly effective baby-man performance - a real live-wire you might say!
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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, but how naked does Samuel get?

JA said...

Ha okay - we see him next to naked towards the start but he's laying down on a table and his bits are covered, and that's really the most we see. He is "naked" later on in the movie but, uh, without getting into spoilers it's NOT a good thing.

Anonymous said...

Awesome, you're the best! I was sold before the skin analysis, btw.