James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe in ‘Victor Frankenstein’ Trailer
This is going to be one of those pop culture intersection moments remembered in conversations to the following effect; “Hey! Remember when Harry Potter helped Professor X create Frankenstein?”
Sign of the times.
Hopefully the movie itself will be good. Genre trailblazer though it is, Mary Shelley’s 1818 Frankenstein has had an inconsistent track record when it comes to cinematic adaptations. There’s the legendary 1931 Universal Studios Frankenstein with Boris Karloff’s performance as the Monster codifying visual incarnations of the character to this very day. Subsequent film adaptations have not been so successful.
But 20th Century Fox is taking a crack at it with 2015 Hollywood stars, production values and action and horror sensibilities (Blurgh). Here’s the official Victor Frankenstein synopsis; James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Daniel Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality.
But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.”
The theme of scientific hubris wrapped in social and religious tension seems intact. The trailer even goes so far as to peg Dr. Frankenstein as the “monster” with his experiments called “his creation”. Radcliffe and McAvoy seem to be selling the hell out their roles too. Check out the trailer for yourself below! Victor Frankenstein lurches into life in theaters December 4th.
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