Victor Frankenstein (2015) was one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. The story strays from the original, but adds an interesting moral component.
The attention to detail in the costuming and setting was phenomenal. As was the casting. After having watched Radcliffe as Harry Potter, I was worried that he wouldn’t be able to pull off the role, but he was great. There was such a chemistry between the actors that it wasn’t like they were acting at all.
Set in the 19th century, the story opens in a circus where a young man played by Daniel Radcliff is abused for entertainment. He is fascinated by human anatomy and physiology and is mocked for it. Along comes Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy), a scientist on the look out for animal parts, rescues “Igor” from the circus that was holding him captive and makes him his protege. Together they work to find a cure to death. Victor looks at science as the be all and end all. He becomes irrational and concerned more with whether he can bring back the dead and not if he should.
In contrast, a religious and moral Inspector Turpin (Andrew Scott aka Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes) from Scotland yard is investigating the theft of dead animal parts. He suspects Frankenstein of the thefts, but is suspicious that the scientist is up to something more nefarious. The inspector becomes obsessed with finding out what Frankenstein is up to and preventing him from messing with things better left to God.
As in the original, things go terribly wrong. This time, though, for everyone.