Tuesday, January 20, 2009


JAN 19, 2009

Every now and then, a movie drops and falls completely through the cracks. For the most part, it is never to be heard from again. The main reasons for this sort of occurrence usually has to do with budget or plot. At times though a movie has all of the trappings of something that is good, yet fails because it can't be categorized or shoehorned into a working genre definition.
Igor is one of those movies. It is animated in the modern CG style that we know from NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and THE CORPSE BRIDE and follows a similar dark story. However, the darkness that this movie chooses to delve into is greater than most movies in the "PG love story that references horror films" category. The references will keep your head swimming as you try to piece together the entire horror film syllabus used to create the backdrop of this film.

Igor is of of a race of Igors that works for one of the many, many evil scientists in need of hunchbacked assistants. The thing about the Igor that the camera chooses to follow is that he is witty, smart and has scientific dreams of his own.

I am not saying that this is the best movie I have seen in a long time, but it sure wasn't the worst. The voice talents of John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, John Cleese and others make the film work. Oh, and the film is genuinely funny at parts too.

This is BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN with twist. I don't know, maybe it was just me, but sometimes it is nice to watch something that is light and sophisticated. More of my musings can be found HERE.

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