Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) is his Igor, the weakly sidekick, following his boss’ orders, until he discovers something is very, very wrong in this facility.
As for Nathan’s achievement, Ava (Alicia Vikander), she’s an endlessly fascinating piece of artificial intelligence.
It’s told with the crafty, hand-made stop-motion visuals and a deep affection for classic monsters.
My own personal affection for Burton’s creation comes not only from the nostalgic playtime, but from the clear amore that Burton himself has for the project.
“In a solitary chamber, or rather cell, at the top of the house, and separated from all the other apartments by a gallery and staircase, I kept my workshop of filthy creation: my eyeballs were starting from their sockets in attending to the details of my employment”(page 41).
Another example of this is on pages 40-41 when Victor says “Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world” and on page 42 when he says “Winter, spring, and summer passed away during my labors; but I did not watch the blossom or the expanding leaves- sights which before always yielded me supreme delight- so deeply was I engrossed in my occupation”.As a college student a few years later, I would take advantage of a Halloween choir trip to force a bunch of friends to watch my DVD of is about three monsters, two of which are human. Frankenstein, is so lost in his ego and desire to create he can’t be stopped.He’s both an admirable and monstrous figure, played with a devilish charm by Oscar Isaac.Before Victor leaves for Ingolstadt, and before he starts creating the monster, the visual imagery is much brighter, and much happier.You see examples of this on page 22 when Victor is talking about his little sister.As the story progresses, the imagery begins to become darker to show how Victors pursuit of knowledge is dangerous.The visual imagery becomes darkest after Victor creates…hitting theaters this holiday weekend (It is, seriously, did you forget?), we’ve been thinking about the numerous ways in which Mary Shelley’s classic monster tale have been adapted, re-interpreted and disseminated in popular culture.Matthew Monagle: Unlike a lot of horror fans, my interest in the genre didn’t begin with relaxed parenting or a questionable ID policy at the local video store. The only real video store in my hometown was a family-owned blockbuster, and my parents did their best to keep our house horror-free until I was old enough to allow myself into an R-rated feature at the theater.Once that bridge was crossed, though, there was no going back.