|“I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel...” - Mary Shelly|
Pretty even handed, right? I know my own bias, I love that monster, called "Adam" by the Author Mary Shelly after the last publication. I have long felt a kinship with the creature's own search for humanity within and kindness from without. I grew up looking for other like characters: robots, golems, anything that was constructed to be like human, was not treated as human, and had a desire to be more human. I ate up as many Frankenstein derived works as I could. I grew to love Young Frankenstein and became quickly bored with arguments over whether the creature could be called Frankenstein (children typically take on the surnames of their fathers, calling the creature "Frankenstein's Monster" dehumanizes the character to the researcher's failed experiment and nothing more. Calling him Frankenstein gives him a small human cultural tidbit. I find the semantics to be besides the point).
So I was delighted to find a new supernatural action epic Titled "I, Frankenstein", the trailer of which can be right here. What Underworld did for vampires and werewolves, this aims to do for Frankenstein. Go ahead and watch it, then I'll break it down.
|Not like that.|
So far, so good. The character seems to be toiling over their moral identity, their feelings of alienation. That I want to see. Adam proves a very unique challenge to godlike beings, awesome.He seems to side with humanity, even better but also obvious in such a movie. I especially like the philosophical underpinnings behind the quote "God will surely damn you.", an angel says. "He already did." Adam replies. This touches on something very central to the original book. Adam's god isn't the god of these angels. Adam was made by man, one specific man who "damned him" as an ugly mistake, a false mockery of humanity. Adam is no stranger to the judgment of others and the status of those who judge him poorly does not deter him. Look at what he did the Victor's family. *shudder*
|“Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.” -Mary Shelly|
|This warms something else, which worries me, see below.|
I am fully bought into this film. I will see it, if I can. And no matter how mindless the action is or weak the plot is, I will probably enjoy it. It has one of my favorite characters of all time as protagonist, after all. I just hope whomever is writing this thing has been able to underscore the sort of moral quandaries I have been pushing on this short trailer. I would really like to see something with some depth.
Plus they need to rehash some quotes from the original book. Check out this amazing piece:
“I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with all. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.”
Mary F*cking Shelly *DROPS MIC*