To be or not to be? That is essentially the question in the latest clip from Victor Frankenstein. The film from TV and Push director Paul McGuigan sees James McAvoy as the famed character from Mary Shelley’s timeless novel, while Daniel Radcliffe takes the role of his assistant Igor. While the latter is commonly depicted as a creepy hunchback, we see him now standing as Frankenstein’s equal as they debate the moral and scientific implications of resurrecting the dead.
“I find your promise more than a little unsettling,” remarks Lorelei, played by Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) — and she has a point. Are we supposed to let the dead be, as she says “life and death are different,” or do we have a responsibility to heed the implications of scientific advancement? While you ponder that question, watch the clip below.
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While Frankenstein and Igor eventually side with the latter argument, the footage shown in the trailers reveal they’ll have some regrets. After all, a story about the monster of Dr. Frankenstein is never without its horrors.
Though the previous footage flaunted Van Helsing-worthy CG effects, including the zombified monstrosities the duo create, I still have hope that this could be something. When McAvoy and Radcliffe came out on stage during San Diego Comic-Con, they were hysterical as they attempted to replicate the homoerotic subtext of their choreography for the fans. If they are able to translate this camaraderie into their characters, then count me in — CG and all.
Victor Frankenstein will be released in theaters on November 25th.
Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (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.