Movie Review: Frankenstein's Monster And The Count
The story conveys how even monsters have to struggle for a living and have personal issues. The story is also driven by the themes of tolerance and acceptance. Not everyone in this make-believe world accepts the monsters. This is certainly a nice setup for conflict, tension, character growth, and it sets up the story to send a special message about accepting people and creatures that feel different.
While the idea is well appreciated and the script shows some strength, the script would benefit …show more content…
While he’s an actor and wants good roles, it would benefit the script to create a specific actionable goal for Marty that he needs to go after. For example, maybe he wants a specific part in a particular movie. Maybe he wants to play a human part. Maybe he has a goal of opening his own business. Whatever his goal is, it should be one that the audience can identify with.
It should also be a goal that has consequences and stakes. For example, maybe Marty is in jeopardy of losing the family home if he doesn’t get the part. Maybe his business is in jeopardy. Identify the stakes for Marty.
Marty’s goal should be clear by the end of the first act. There should be a solid inciting event. Meaning, something needs to happen to Marty in his ordinary world that changes him.
The second act needs to be driven by Marty’s goal. The script needs to be more goal-focused. Right now, things come too easily for Marty. He easily gets the big role and he doesn’t have to earn it or compete with other actors. Don’t make anything easy for the …show more content…
Once the climax occurs the story needs to wrap up quickly. A nice ending is to have the party where all the monsters gather.
There are several subplots, but because there are so many, none of them get fully developed. Consider streamlining the subplots.
Frankenstein’s (remember the doctor is Frankenstein, not the monster) story is never fully relatable. The Count has a strong goal: love, but he needs further development as a character. It’s not clear why he can go out into the sunshine. The troll story never emotionally engages and this could be eliminated. The “Emily” secret monster story isn’t fully developed, but there something interesting about a mysterious monster. The visual of Emily as monster is very cute.
However, what’s missing is creating stronger relationships and friends among the monsters. One wants to see them interact more often and discuss the relevant issues of being a monster in a human-dominated society.
The family dynamics also need to be more fully explored among Marty, his wife, and the kids. Create more conflict and, as mentioned, maybe Marty ends up alienating or neglecting them, putting his marriage at