I don’t know about this. Notice the title. It’s not “Frankenstein,” but “Victor Frankenstein,” the point being that they seem to be moving away somewhat from Frankenstein’s Monster, to the man that assembled Frankenstein’s Monster.
That’s an important difference, and one I am not sure I like. Then again, I’ve always been more of a werewolf/Wolfman sort of guy, but what interested me about Frankenstein’s Monster was the idea of a being that, while of our world, doesn’t quite fit in or even know how to navigate it.
Besides, looking at the trailer, I am not entirely sure what tone they’re aiming for. It feels less like a horror movie than an adventure movie with horror overtones (it may sound like I’m picking nits, but there is a difference). And sure, I like the line from James McAvoy (Victor Frankenstein) that seems like it came straight from Mel Brooks’ remarkable Young Frankenstein, but–while Young Frankenstein is incredible and well worth seeing if you haven’t–I am not sure if it’s the template they should be working from.
Unless they commit to the horror of the character, comedy or any semblance to Brooks’ movie will be wasted.
It’s worth mentioning that, for some reason, unlike werewolves and vampires, it’s been difficult to approach Frankenstein, especially if 2014’s I, Frankenstein or 1994’s Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein are any indication.