Jason vs. Kathy’s view of MIDSOMMAR – Rated R

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I was surprised to hear that writer and director Ari Aster referred to his sophomore effort “Midsommar” as his first horror film. I thought that his debut, last year’s unsettling family drama “Hereditary,” was his first horror film because it sure as hell scared me, and a lot more than “Midsommar.”

I later realize that what made “Hereditary” such a satisfyingly disturbing experience was that, by the end, the resolution was clear and far more accessible. With “Midsommar,” the purpose behind anything that takes place is near impossible to comprehend, keeping you in a thoroughly disorienting nightmare that you have no control over.

When Dani (a riveting Florence Pugh) is reluctantly asked by her boyfriend Christian (Jack Reynor) to attend a rare event of peculiar festivities in Sweden with his eager friends Josh (William Jackson Harper), Mark (Will Poulter) and native Swede, Pelle (Vilhelm Blomgren), the retreat, at first, appears to be the escape they all needed.

Well, knowing what kind of trickster Ari Aster can be, you can expect that this vacation is not all sunshine and daisies, while there is still plenty of that.

Admittedly, I walked away from “Midsommar” a little underwhelmed. I had nothing but praise for its serene cinematography, astounding performances and moments that will undeniably make your skin crawl. However, I just really did not get it. All it took to convert me was deep reflection, a few conversations with friends and a healthy reminder that Aster is the kind of filmmaker who wants to invoke deep thought and inspire group discussion to come to a satisfying conclusion.

“Midsommar” is a bit hard to swallow at first and, if you are still scratching your head by the end, I would be happy to talk it out with you. Until then, I cannot and will not say anymore except, be prepared for one hell of a trip.

 

This review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser

MIDSOMMAR – Rated R – 2 hrs. 27 mins.

DIRECTOR:  Ari Aster

WRITER:  Ari Aster 

STARRING:  Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren, Will Poulter and Archie Madekwe.

Get ready to experience an emotionally charged, and just as emotionally draining film hitting the big screen this Holiday weekend, as Midsommar’s Summer solstice festival isn’t like anything you have ever experienced before… even if you enjoy cult like gatherings, with questionable endings yourself…

As we are thrust into the world of college co-eds Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor), it seems that their personal lives are as disconnected, as the present state of their flailing relationship.  When they decide to venture to Sweden with their friend Pelle (Vilhelm Blomgren), his homeland is filled with lots of lovely people ~ making the most of their communal lifestyle, within their warm and cozy farming community…

As sweet as it all seems to begin with, it doesn’t take too long for our friends Dani and Christian, and fellow friends/followers Josh (William Jackson Harper) and Mark (Will Poulter), to start questioning the premise of these apparently very demented individuals that they have surrounded themselves with, as this is far from any type of world that they are accustomed to thriving in…

I give MIDSOMMAR a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD or NETFLIX:  Both mind boggling throughout and as intense of a psychological thriller as it could get, Midsommar left me feeling very disturbed, and totally uneasy, the whole way through.  Aster’s vision is put on full display, and for some others who don’t live in the logical world in which I do, you might beg to differ on the reality that this film conveys ~ I just personally couldn’t get into the deeply demented circumstances that were being portrayed on screen, as it seemed as more time passed, the more illogical this film grew for me.  This is not to say that I don’t usually enjoy emotional and thought-provoking films, I do, I just think that Midsommar’s premise was a little too far out there for me to totally ingest, with all of its horrific happenings being unveiled. Suffice to say, that even though the cinematography is very good, and deserving of a mention,  and the actors throughout doing a fine job too, Midsommar just disturbed every fiber of my being so much, I can’t bring myself to tell you to venture to a theater near you to see it, unless you are totally into this kind of stuff…then by all means, don’t let me stop you. But, if “totally creepy and disturbing” just isn’t your vibe, then I suggest that you wait till Midsommar hits on DVD or Netflix.

Kathy vs. T.K.’s Thoughts on LAST FLAG FLYING

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LAST FLAG FLYING – Rated R – 2 hrs 5 mins

Starring Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne, Bryan Cranston,  

Written and Directed by Richard Linklater (BOYHOOD, SCHOOL OF ROCK, DAZED and CONFUSED), we enter into the life of Navy Corpsman Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell), trying to come to terms with the death of his son, a Marine, serving in the Iraq War.

Having lost his wife already as well, Doc decides to seek out two of the buddies he served with in Vietnam, Reverend Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne), and Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston), and asks them to join him on the journey he must now face, retrieving his son’s body.

As Doc tries to keep it together, making the unexpected road trip with his two comrades in tow, these soldiers find themselves having to face many realities of their present existence, and past lives as soldiers straight in the face, having raised their own ruckus “back in the day”…

When Doc makes the decision to bury his son back home in New Hampshire, and not in Arlington Cemetery…this decision rocks not only the Marine’s in charge of his body, but the good Reverend, and Sal too…as they try to support Doc in his time of need, as best they know how…

I give LAST FLAG FLYING a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN: Linklater has written and directed another incredible film to go along with my other favorites of his – Including 1993’s DAZED and CONFUSED, 2003’s SCHOOL OF ROCK, 2014’s BOYHOOD and last year’s baseball/college “fun time had by all” EVERYBODY WANTS SOME. From the storyline Linklater created, to the superb performances he garnered from all three of his leading men ~ their teamwork manages to bring to life this incredibly sad, moving, yet comedic at times storyline, and in a way that is so real, you can’t help but be deeply moved by every frame of this film. It was also very enjoyable to see Carell and Fisburne step out of their “Usual roles” as Carell isn’t slated as “the funny guy” this time around and Fishburne’s role as the reverend and family man, takes him totally out of character, as his role is very far removed from what we are accustomed to seeing him perform as well. And Cranston, well he manages to steal almost each and every scene he’s in, as the womanizing alcoholic, but a very caring man nonetheless. I was so captivated by this film, and its performances, that I personally think it is Linklater’s best work yet, as it also evoked a moving response from almost everyone in the house that viewed it with me…yep, you guessed it… it’s that good!!!!

Kathy Kaiser

 

Last Flag Flying

Cast: Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston & Laurence Fishburne

Director: Richard Linklater

Last Flag Flying is the story of a Navy veteran who asks two of his old Vietnam buddies to help him bury his young Marine son that was killed during the Iraq War.

I actually didn’t think I was a fan of director Richard Linklater until I drifted back into my dusty memory banks and pulled out some of his past films. And…to be honest, I am a fan. I forgot how many entertaining films he’s done. Dazed & Confused (“alright alright alright”), Suburbia (hidden nugget of fun), The Newton Boys, School of Rock, & A Scanner Darkly (Robert Downey Jr. was terrific in this) are just a few of his hits. And now I’m going to add Last Flag Flying to the list. I enjoyed this film. It had real humor and grief stricken emotion throughout it and those are two things that are very hard to combine in a film. One minute you’re laughing with these characters and the next you’re wishing you could give them a shoulder to cry on. This is a movie that is exactly what you think it is going to be and it doesn’t apologize for it and nor should it. You know it’s going to be sad and you’re hoping there will be some sort of levity to it and there is, but at the same time it’s about the grieving process and the different ways we can look at how we heal in times of depression. Am I getting too deep? Have I lost you? Let’s move on to something more cheerful like…

Mr. Tim Whatley (for my Seinfeld fans) a.k.a. BRYAN CRANSTON!!!

Not to take anything away from the performances of Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne (both did very good jobs), but my attention was always drawn to Bryan Cranston. I love watching him perform. He’s such a great actor and is genuinely entertaining in this. His character is the comic relief of the film and he literally doesn’t hold back. He says what he thinks and does what he says, which makes for some very entertaining scenes; especially with Laurence Fishburne’s character (who is a reverend…LOL). And by the way, it was very nice to see Fishburne finally play a character that wasn’t either a kung fu expert (Morpheus), a forgotten mystery (Predators), or just a bad mofo with a gun (everything else he’s EVER been in…just kidding).   It seemed like he got out of his comfort zone and played a character with heart and morales. Fishburne didn’t really steal any scenes in the film, but you knew his presence was there and that made for a very good performance. Steve Carell seemed to also step out of his comfort zone too with his role as the father of the marine that was killed. Carell keeps taking chances with his performances and continues to do good work. I can’t wait to see what else he’s got up his sleeve in the near future (tennis anyone?). So to briefly sum this one up, I would say this is a film you should watch at home instead of at the theater, but it is definitely worth watching. Until next time, thanks for reading.

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Review of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Cast:  Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage, Abbie Cornish, Caleb Landry Jones

Director:  Martin McDonagh

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is the story of a grief stricken mother who decides to put up three large billboards on the outskirts of town with the sole purpose of mocking the police’s investigation into her daughter’s murder.

Let’s jump right into this.  Academy award winning director/writer Martin McDonagh has only made 3 feature films including this one and all three are amazing.  In Bruges (it’s a real place) & Seven Psychopaths (title sounds worse than it is) are his two prior films and along with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri are written with amazing humor, heart, and realism.  The two stand out stars of this film are (and I’m sorry Woody), Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell.  They both did outstanding jobs.  Let’s begin with Frances McDormand.  She knocks it out of the park with this character.  She hasn’t been this good since her Oscar Winning role in Fargo.  Now that’s not saying she hasn’t done anything since then.  She was terrific in Promised Land and Burn After Reading, but this is one of those rare performances you can tell the actor just “gets it”.  Right from the start of the movie you literally were not watching McDormand, you were watching Mildred Hayes.  She commands your attention effortlessly in every scene and you feel so much for her that you know when she laughs, you can laugh.  When she cries, you can cry.  And when she is raging…and she DOES RAGE, you are right there with her cheering her on.

Now…(take a breath because there’s more).  

On to Mr. Sam Rockwell.  I love Sam Rockwell.  I think he’s one of the most talented actors working today.  When McDormand is not on the screen, you’re looking for Rockwell and with good reason too because he hasn’t been this good since Seven Psychopaths, Moon (it’s hard to play ping pong against yourself btw), and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Zaphod Beeblebrox made that movie).  Rockwell plays the dimwitted short tempered police officer that has no problem saying what is on his mind…and he does… A LOT.  I don’t think anyone could have played this role better than Sam Rockwell.  I don’t know if it’s because he loves working with the director/writer (Martin McDonagh) or if he is finally just hitting that stride you want to see actors go through where they just can’t be touched, but whatever it is…Rockwell is on his way to a level of success that I can not wait to see.  My suggestion is to go see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in the theater.  It’s definitely worth your money.  The story is solid and the acting is incredible.  You’ll thank me when the Oscars come around.  Until next time, thanks for reading.

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THE NICE GUYS – Rated R

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THE NICE GUYS – Rated R

Starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling

 “Classic Cat & Mouse crime drama, with a palatable 70’s flare”

With the backdrop set as 1977’s Los Angeles – we meet Bad Daddy and private eye Holland March (Ryan Gosling), struggling to keep his daughter Holly (Angourie Rice) out of harms way, while investigating the disappearance of Porn Star Misty Mountains (Murielle Telio).

While in the midst of his investigation, March finds himself on the wrong end of a fist, which happens to be attached to another PI in town, the ruthless and hotheaded Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe).

As March and Healy wrestle with the fact that it looks like they must work together to locate the allusive Amelia Kuttner (Margaret Qualley), while still figuring out what happened to porn star Misty, they must also face the daunting task of why so many people involved with these two beauties keep turning up DEAD, all along their merry way…

I give THE NICE GUYS a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN ~ This film is AWESOME ~ from it’s nostalgic feel, to the “bromance” that develops between Crowe and Gosling, which I so was not anticipating going in, AT ALL. Plus, the scene stealing performance throughout this film by youngster Angorie Rice, made this film absolutely superb. Add in the addition of the perfectly cast roles played by Keith David (Platoon, There’s Something About Mary, Armageddon) Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers to you and me J) and Kim Bassinger (Batman, LA Confidential and Grudge Match), and you end up with a film that is the perfect mix of drama, comedy and picture-perfect plot twists, that you will be begging for more when its over…forcing me to advise you to make THE NICE GUYS your definite flic pick for MOVIE DATE NIGHT this coming weekend J

Kathy Kaiser

The 5th WAVE ~ Rated PG-13

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THE 5th WAVE – Rated PG-13 ~ MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Based on the Rick Yancey novel by the same name ~ Director J Blakeson takes us into our world ~ which at the present time has unfortunately been taken over by THE OTHERS ~ and those who of us who have survived the 4 previous WAVES to eliminate humans from this earth ~ are now bracing for the 5th and FINAL ENCOUNTER to arrive…this is THE 5TH WAVE!!!

As we meet the fun loving Sullivan’s – teenage daughter Cassie (Chloe Grace Moretz), son Sam (Zachary Arthur), Mom Lisa (Maggie Siff) and Dad Oliver (Ron Livingston), Earth has just received an ALIEN ENCOUNTER OF EPIC PROPORTIONS, bringing the Sullivan’s small town, and the rest of Earth, to it’s knees…

Quiet at first ~ but then taking on this planet in full force~ all humans must fight to survive the Aliens ensuing FOUR WAVES OF TORTURE ~ and the few of us that are left must huddle together to survive, waiting for the next WAVE to arrive. When, out of the blue, a Colonel Vosch (Liev Schrieber) arrives in camp, insisting that they are there to save all of them from peril, but, the children must go with him immediately, if they want to survive…

Separated from her brother in all the chaos, Cassie is on a quest to make sense of ALL THE CRAZINESS that is happening around her, as she must focus on finding her brother…before its too late…

I give THE 5th WAVE A RATING OF: WAIT AND CATCH THIS ONE ON NETFLIX OR STREAM IT. Talk about predictable…I haven’t even read the book, and I knew what was going to happen around every turn!!! Even the addition of Schreiber and Maria Bello playing Military operatives couldn’t stop me from wishing THE WAVES were over a lot sooner than they were. But, too, I am certain that just like TWILIGHT and the HUNGER GAMES, all the pre-teens and teens who have read this novel, or who love Moretz, can’t wait to see this film ~ so kudos to the casting department for trying to make this story plausible and captivating by this casting, and by securing adorable Nick Robinson and Alex Roe as her two love interests too ~ as they will solidify the teenagers swooning all the way through this film…which I can only assume is why they brought this book to life…but from my perspective, THE 5TH WAVE isn’t something that I have to send you to the theater to see, unless you want to be SUPER COOL, and join your teenagers at the theater for some bonding time…

Kathy Kaiser

Matinee Chat Podcast Vol #25 – Reviews of CONCUSSION, THE BIG SHORT, DADDY’S HOME, JOY, CAROL, THE DANISH GIRL and THE HATEFUL EIGHT

 

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MACBETH ~ Rated R

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“All hale Macbeth will be King hereafter…”

Director Justin Kurzel brings to the big screen the emblazoned screenplay of writers Jacob Koskoff, Michael Lesslie and Todd Louiso ~ who masterfully reworked William Shakespeare’s classic tale of witchery, passion and war, dowsed with a large dose of madness for good measure ~ THIS IS MACBETH!

Emotionally scared by the death of his son, Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) leaves his love, the ambitious and stunningly beautiful Lady Macbeth (Marion Cotillard) and heads off to war with his fellow kinsman, in order to save his beloved Scotland…

When 3 witches befall upon Macbeth and his friend Banquo (Paddy Considine), it seems that they have a prophecy to share with the warrior Macbeth, as they see him with the crown of Scotland perched rather nicely on HIS HEAD…

Lady Macbeth is happy to hear of the future that was foretold, as she helps Macbeth contrive a scheme, making sure it all unfolds. As his passion for greatness consumes Macbeth ~ and his fine Lady too ~ a sense of madness succumbs them both, and it seems, the grip of Satan too…

As his life unfolds through his murderess ways, Macbeth must make certain that neither friend or foe will challenges his new status as the ruler of the land, or will have the opportunity to prove once and for all, that HE IS TRULY MAD…

I give MACBETH a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN ~ talk about bringing SHAKESPEARE to LIFE ~ and then some ~ this film, and its storyline, are about as dark and twisted as it gets. Fassbender was phenomenal as the tortured Macbeth, and Cotillard gave an outstanding performance as well, playing the passionate and controlling wife, that must assist her man in achieving his destiny… And if you enjoyed the film BRAVEHEART, you will absolutely love this one too, as you could have dropped Gibson into any of the battle scenes, and he totally would have fit right in! Kurzel did a fabulous job of turning William Shakespeare’s masterpiece of madness, into a cinematic gem that will no doubt stand the test of time. And, I must share too, that I was ecstatic to have had the chance to view Fassbender’s best work to date in my estimation, as this film also gave me the opportunity to erase that horrific portrayal he gave as Steve Jobs earlier in the year from my mind…needless to say, I don’t agree with the GOLDEN GLOBES on that nomination this year…

Kathy Kaiser

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATINEE CHAT PODCAST – Vol #21 – Reviews of THE GOOD DINOSAUR, VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN, LEGEND and CREED

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CREED – Rated PG-13

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From the man who brought Michael B. Jordan’s career to life with 2013’s FRUITVALE STATION ~ Ryan Coogler ~ comes his spin on the 7th installment in the 39 year career of MR. ROCKY BALBOA himself – this time entering the ring to train Apollo Creed’s son Adonis…. So get ready for a definite one-two punch…THIS IS CREED!!!

When Adonis Johnson (Alex Henderson / Michael B. Jordan) finds himself living in a boy’s home, he meets Mary Anne Creed (Phylicia Rashad), who takes him in to try to give him a better life…

Flash forward to many years later, as Adonis is now looking to quit his job and find his way into boxing. Since Mary Anne wants nothing of the sort for Adonis ~ following in his father’s foot-steps was never what she had imagined for this bright and energetic young man ~ Adonis if forced to head to Philadelphia and seek out Creed’s opponent and Best Friend – BALBOA (Sylvester Stallone).

Seeing that this kid is going to be nothing but trouble, Rocky tells Adonis he can’t help him. Once Rocky sees “the kid” in action, he rethinks the opportunities that might come Adonis’s way, if he can just help him perfect his craft.

With the genetic gene pool on his side, Adonis sets forth to take on anyone that will fight him – including World Champion “Pretty” Rick Conlan (Tony Bellew).

As Balboa shares all he knows, and with girlfriend Bianca (Tessa Thompson) in his corner too…Creed must learn to fight “his own fight” and do whatever it takes to make sure he always comes out on top….

I give CREED a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN ~ Having viewed many ROCKY films since the franchise started in 1976 ~ although I must admit, I did skip 5 & 6 ~ I was hoping that this spin off which takes us down the path of Apollo Creed’s illegitimate son was going to be a ONE/TWO PUNCH in a good way, and it absolutely is! Jordan is mesmerizingly perfect as CREED ~ let’s just say ladies, he must have been hitting the gym hard before he hit the ring, and it has paid off…and who knew that after this many years of Stallone showing up on screen giving us his so-so performances, that he would actually knock our socks off this late in the game…as his performance is utter perfection too. Add in the beautiful and talented Thompson as Creed’s love interest, and you have one fantastic film that beacons for you to catch it at a theater near you this weekend. I mean, they are even talking about a possible supporting actor nod for Sly when awards season roles around too ~ who knew that the 7th installment in the franchise he started might finally get him that “golden statue” after all…

Kathy Kaiser

LEGEND – Rated R

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Written and Directed by the man who also penned such exciting films as 42, MYSTIC RIVER, MAN ON FIRE and CONSPIRACY THEORY – Brian Helgeland – comes the true story of England’s most notorious gangsters ~ Reggie and Ronnie Kray ~ who were tearing up and beating up most of London in the 60’s…. THIS IS LEGEND!

It seems that identical twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray (Tom Hardy) are destined for greatness ~ well at least having tons of cash flowing ~ as they shakedown ½ of London’s eastside as one of the two groups of mobsters ruling the city…

When a chance encounter leads Reggie down the road of love, it seems that the beautiful Frances Shea (Emily Browning) is falling hard and fast too, for this notorious bad boy.

As the rest of the world tries to figure out what makes Ronnie tick ~ as he is apparently as crazy as the day is long ~ it isn’t long before Ronnie is feeling threatened by this new person in his brothers life, and he isn’t too sure her presence is needed in their “family business” either…

When Reggie is sent to prison to finish out his jail term, Frances sets out to win over Ronnie, and their mother too, to ensure her acceptance into the family, once Reggie is sprung…

Now, thrust into the life of a gangsters wife, Frances is torn between being with the man she loves, or running as fast as she can down the road that will take her away from all madness that surrounds the Kray Brothers…

I give LEGEND a rating of: WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON NETFLIX: It makes me sad to tell you to not head out to the theater to catch this film, especially since I really do usually enjoy TOM HARDY in his films, but this time, HARDY playing two roles doesn’t translate to TWICE THE FUN in any way, shape or form His role as Ronnie is reminiscent of so much that we have seen from him before – can you say BAIN or MAD MAX – his voice is that to a tee yet again, only helping me drift off from the story at hand…and we have also seen Hardy’s performance as Reggie too, in films previous films LAWLESS and THIS MEANS WAR. I did enjoy the fact that this film is a TRUE STORY ~ but that’s where the excitement for this film ended for me. I also really didn’t enjoy the extremely violent nature of this film either, which just interprets to violence isn’t my thing, no matter how cute the guy on screen is!!! Bottom line, if you think you might enjoy 2 hours of extreme violence and TWO HARDY’S for the price of one…then you might want to head out to the theater to catch this “not family friendly” film this weekend. But, if you aren’t into these things, you might want to hold off and CATCH THIS FILM ONCE IT POPS ON NETFLIX. Then you won’t end up feeling so bad about the money you wasted catching this barely mediocre film on a big screen near you…

Kathy Kaiser

VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN – Rated PG-13

 

Victor-Frankenstein-Movie-PosterAs Writer Max Landis takes us deep into the darkness that comes from turning the dead into THE LIVING…we meet up with a circus freak ~ who has caught the eye of the one, the only Dr. Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy), as he is bound and determined to release this poor creature from his torturous life…

Enhoused now in Victor’s home and attempting to begin a semi-normal existence after having been relieved of his afflictions at the hand of the good Dr. too…the newly named Igor Strausman (Daniel Radcliffe) is fast becoming Victor’s right hand man…

Igor decides the time has come to travel out into the world, as he checks in on his beloved Lorelei (Jessica Brown Finlay)~ the trapeze artist from the circus who he helped save ~ as he makes sure that the nurses are doing everything possible for her, to make sure she makes a fully recovery…

When Dr. Frankenstein decides to finally share HIS WORK with Igor ~ it isn’t long until he is presenting in front of the Medical School, showing the world his very 1st Creation…a mammal that he has brought back to life…

Achieving this greatness has only fueled the man driven by his own madness, as Dr. Frankenstein continues his work ~ with or without Igor ~ as he won’t stop his intense work until he has achieved his greatest achievement, bringing A MAN TO LIFE now too…

I give VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN a rating of: WAIT AND CATCH THIS ONE ON DVD – Okay, so you pretty well know the story going in ~ Man creates life from death – and this life tries to kill him in the end…so, with that said, even though significant portions of this film encompassed amazing cinematography, I just wasn’t sold on this film in any shape or form, not even with the twist of Igor telling the tale from his own perspective. Yes, I enjoyed seeing Radcliffe, and his performance is acceptable, and McAvoy’s performance isn’t bad either, I just wasn’t feeling this new take on the 19th century novel by Mary Shelley. Maybe it was the extreme darkness and creepiness factors this time around that didn’t WOW ME, or maybe it was the fact that this film screamed to be released closer to Halloween or even releasing it in the middle of the Summer would have made more sense, because releasing something this icky and grotesque right before the holidays is just ridiculous timing. Plus, even though they set this film up to have a sequel, I just can’t see enough people heading to the theaters to see it to warrant the studios making the investment to take on this storyline again, I mean, I might be wrong, but I think VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN is only going to have this one opportunity to create his MONSTER from beyond…

Kathy Kaiser