Review – Igor (2008)

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igor-58857c3153a7aWelcome to Kids Week: Day 3. Remember that hunchback? No, not the one from Notre Dame, the one from Frankenstine? Well, that’s really what the film, Igor is all about, without actually having Dr. Frankenstine in the mix. From a certain perspective, having a film be centered on the often looked over assistant of the mad scientist that created one of the most recognizable monsters is a very interesting idea, if done right. So, let’s go ahead and get into Igor. 

In a world filled with Mad Scientists and Evil Inventions, one talented evil scientist’s hunch-backed lab assistant has big dreams of becoming a Mad Scientist himself and winning the annual Evil Science Fair. – IMDb

Alright, so the first mistake they made was not having Dr. Frankenstine among the list of evil scientists. Instead, they basically just made Igor ultimately replace him and make the monster. That’s like the independent Minions and Penguins of Madagascar films where they’re not really independent, they just replaced the other people or animals in the film. With this, they just replaced the evil doctor with Igor, which means it’s a little uninspired.

That being said, what other first impressions did I get? Well, the graphics and animation are both pretty horrible. They try to make it up with strange but unique designs, but you look close enough and you see a lack of shadows, details, etc. Take a look at the mouths moving when they talk – there’s very little actual detail going on there with the tongue when they talk…and you can’t hide behind weird designs. So in general, I consider this a bit of a cheaply-made film.

However, this is all just my first impressions. Let’s go ahead and break Igor down to figure out where it did and did not go right. Let’s interpret the stars.

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PEOPLE SCORE – 5/10
Acting – 1|Characters – 1|Casting – 1|Importance – 1|Chemistry – 1

It’s half points all across the board for the people category. That basically means that nothing really impressed me here. The acting was neither terrible nor fantastic, some of the characters were memorable while others were highly forgettable, the casting was also fine, but I would’ve preferred it if Igor wasn’t voiced by John Cusack, and instead, the voice acting was switched with Steve Buscemi – that would’ve been okay. As far as importance goes, no one really adds to the plot. We have really gimmicky comedic relief characters that have individual positive attributes, but that’s more for show than anything else. The chemistry is also pretty watered down.

WRITING SCORE – 7/10
Dialogue – 1|Balance – 2|Story – 1|Originality – 2|Interesting – 1

Next up, we have the writing score, which received an okay score. The dialogue itself isn’t all that impressive, it’s mostly what you would expect. I would, however, call this movie both very balanced and overall an original take on an incredibly classic story, and sometimes it’s a really good idea to have an original take on the classics once and a while, and it’s appropriate in Igor. The story is okay, but I wouldn’t say it’s anything worth noting. Is it interesting, though? I think part of the concept is, yes, but once the movie started to play, I lost interest in a bit of a rapid pace.

BTS SCORE – 5/10
Visuals – 0|Directing – 1|Editing – 1|Advertisement – 2|Music – 1

Onto behind-the-scenes, which once again is split down the middle. First and foremost, you have the visuals, which were pretty awful in general. The directing and editing, as it is a kids movie, didn’t really impress me, it was just typical, non-complex jobs. The music doesn’t really stand out either, just typical stuff that matches the tone of the film, but hey, I do consider it as-advertised, so there’s that.

NARRATIVE ARC SCORE – 10/10
Introduction – 2|Inciting Incident – 2|Obstacles – 2|Climax – 2|Falling Action – 2

The narrative arc category got a perfect score, which isn’t really surprising, most kids movies do. The introduction got us acquainted with the fictional land where this takes place, what evil scientists are, and what Igors are made to do. The inciting incident occurs when Igor’s scientist is fried and he takes over, creating Igor’s monster. The obstacles come from try to teach the monster to do evil when all she wants to do is be a famous actress, the climax is a perfect culmination of everything added up, and the falling action does a good job at returning to a new norm.

ENTERTAINMENT SCORE – 0/10
Rewatchability – 0|Fun – 0|Sucks you in – 0|Impulse/Buy – 0|Impulse/Talk – 0

How entertaining is it? In my opinion, not at all. I don’t really care to rewatch it, which automatically means I don’t want to buy or own it. It’s not all that fun to watch, it never really sucks you in, unless you’re a kid…maybe, and I have no care to really discuss it with anybody, either. This was not the best category for this film.

TOTAL SPECIAL – 20/50
Kids Week – 5|Family – 0|Comedy – 5|Animation – 5|Halfway Decent – 5

Finally, we are on to the specialty questions that I wrote before seeing the film. As it is kid’s week, how was this as a kids film? Well, to answer that, I watched it with my two-year-old, who watched about half of the film before he got disinterested, so I’d say half points is good. I don’t think it was made for anyone else though, so as far as the whole family is considered, not everyone will love it. The comedy element was silly sometimes, sometimes not. The animation got half points because I had no issues with the 3D model designs, but the actual graphics and animation were all pretty horrible. Finally, was it halfway decent? Almost. I think as far as what the filmmakers were going for, the film didn’t really reach that level, mostly because of the terrible animation. So, I’ll at least give it half points for that.

TOTAL – 47/100

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