In Search of a Soul

Based on the graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, the movie I, Frankenstein continues the journey of the monster which was created in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus. It does tell something about the background story which can be seen as a small introduction. The book has been among my favourite horror stories of all time, having an opportunity to read it during my childhood. Along with Bram Stoker’s Dracula, there was something about this novel which came second in my list at that time. So, a continuation of the tale of this monster was going to be intriguing.

The question about how good the movie is, might bring some discussions, but the major question about this work is not about its quality, but about one thing – the soul. It has Aaron Eckhart as the Frankenstein’s monster which wanders around the world we know without a soul. He has survived all the changes that the world had undergone and spends his time in loneliness. But he gets caught in a battle between the gargoyles appointed by the Archangels and the demons who are hoping to take over Earth.

✠ Know the Frankenstein Monster, the man in search of a soul in the land of vainglory. He is Adam Frankenstein, the first monster created on Earth, the demonic paradise.

The soulless monster, Adam Frankenstein (Photo from movie's FB page)

The soulless monster, Adam Frankenstein (Photo from movie’s FB page)

The soulless creature becomes the centre of attraction because the demon Naberius, one of the original fallen angels, plan to use the procedure which was used to create this monster to re-animate a number of corpses without souls and use them as containers for the souls of millions in hell, unleashing an army of demons which will finally be able to walk on Earth and cause chaos. You remember the plan which was brought by Mammon and Balthazar in the movie Constantine and by Blackheart and his minions in the movie Ghost Rider.

It was quite easy to identify that the creature made my re-animating a dead body had no soul. But the interesting thing is that by his good deeds, he finally does grow a soul. Still, the question remains about the people of our present world. Do they have a soul? A conscience which makes them do good unconditionally in a world dominated by money where only the winners have honour and approval forcing one to shed goodness? The fact that a monster gained the same in a movie might not be consoling for many, as most of the current world lacks the abilitiy to be the container of a good soul.

Our monster does kill the wife of his creator in a few moments of anger and frustration, but the new generation does much worse. Their brutality to the people around them is not just related to some murder, but in their daily words and action as part of a long procedure which they consistently force upon their own species without any remorse. It is more like a river of anger and hatred flowing without restrictions on a monsoon. The anger at Maria Sharapova has subsided, but we do see a lot more every day, and the reality is much worse outside.

The creature was closer to the dead than the living, caught between two dimensions, of life and death, and yet manages to find life and the humanity worth his time and care. It was a creature without identity, and no conscience at all, until it became the “he”, changing his ideas about himself to more of a common hope for salvation, becoming part of all that he has known, from gargoyles to humans. He is still the equivalent of what we would call a zombie, but like in the movie Warm Bodies, he has something in him, and here it is more than just a heartbeat and a brain.

The beauty & the beast one step closer to the soul (Photo from movie's FB page)

The beauty & the beast one step closer to the soul (Photo from movie’s FB page)

Our creature understands his higher purpose and elevates himself to something beyond the selfishness that he had earlier gathered. He understands that despite what he has gone through, it is not in his power to deny God’s will or to deny himself his own right to do good, as he himself was created by a creation of God, thus becoming God’s own, in an indirect manner. He is thus Adam, the first of his kind, and unique, yet part of the universe and its plans. As they say in the movie “You’re only a monster if you behave like one” – so do most of the humans of our time deserve a soul more than a monster?

TeNy

8 thoughts on “In Search of a Soul

  1. Truly Teny. Very nicely expressed.
    Last para is particularly touching.
    Frankenstein monster had scared me when I first read it.
    Now the movies are coming up with creative & more intelligent versions πŸ™‚

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  2. It’s the fear of the unknown. The horrors of human beings have human limits (though these limits are being stretched to heinous limits)
    I, as a rule, avoid such books and movies, et al… I think it is the fear of the unknown… May be.
    But I liked what you wrote – it made the unknown seem more human πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you πŸ™‚
      Yes, the fear of the unknown – used to have that a lot, but still couldn’t avoid the unknown. I would say that a lot of such movies had some positive effect – like made me not afraid of the dark during childhood. The more we get used to it, more it should seem closer to being human πŸ™‚

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  3. Your experience of reading ‘Dracula’ and ‘Frankenstein’ is so similar to me….I read both of them when I was in class V , an abridged version though, but the effect was tremendous. I remember I collected a cross and used to keep it under my pillow πŸ˜› My maa severely admonished baba for encouraging their little daughter to read so many books…:-D

    This movie raises the vital question…as you’ve mentioned….do we really have souls ? …or more precisely, a soul which is empathetic to fellow human beings ?

    Nice review..as usual.. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you πŸ™‚
      There were similar problems here too, but they were considered classics anyway, and so there had to be some approval πŸ˜€
      Most of the new age adaptations are coming up with such questions directly or indirectly, which we can explore – its really nice πŸ™‚

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  4. The movie seems creative ,rational and intelligent… a combo which is deadly fro viewers like me.. specially when sweetly poisoned up by Teny’s reviews….Its hard to resist … Tempting.
    its only the soul which can save the fall … or shall I say grace the rise?

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    • Yes, but its presentation is more as an action movie than anything else – the question should remain how that should work out πŸ™‚
      Thanks and I am recommending it for sure πŸ™‚

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