Mary Shelley must have turned over in her grave by now. Even though I, Frankenstein, a graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, is loosely based on her seminal work, the tale feels more like that of the Wandering Jew waiting for an apocalypse to happen. The end of days is coming sooner than later for the studios involved because this movie is seeing low box office returns. As for why, perhaps it’s because of the constant delays it faced getting to cinemas.
This movie may have fared better if it was released on the date it was originally scheduled for, Feb 22, 2013. When studios are still betting on 3D and IMAX for added pocket-money, that’s a sign that they do not care as much for what the fans want. Their desire for dollars will spell doom for the studio system way of making films. 3D conversion should get ditched and IMAX only offered for those movies—namely the documentaries—that deserve it.
In a movie that is about the ultimate fate of humanity, perhaps the real destiny to achieve is to choose wisely in what films are worth turning into box office dollars. I, Frankenstein is too niche. Sexy vampires are far more attractive than beefcake warriors when it comes to on-screen interest. And to hope that fans of the Underworld quadrilogy will flock to this film was more of a gamble than anything else. Tastes change faster than the wind.