Today we’re talking about the 2008 film Igor.
A remake of My Fair Lady but with a Frankenstein twist. This could have been a wonderful satire of sexism, fat-phobia, classism, and racism, but instead they decided to ignore the messages of both My Fair Lady and Frankenstein to create a poorly executed adventure romance.
The titular character is the stereotypical nerd with a heart of gold. He triumphs by sheer brain power and luck. He manages to change his world without changing anything.
The monster is the most civilized and definitely the one that makes the difference in the story.
The only characters that weren’t bland and honestly saved the movie from being boring were Scamper, the immortal rabbit, and Brain. The sidekicks made the best jokes and insights.
The wry humour of the sidekicks and the referential jokes save this movie. If it wasn’t for those, the movie would get lost in it’s own blandness.
Visuals and Music
The animation is crude by the standards of it’s time and hasn’t aged well. The monochromatic world don’t help make it visually appealing.
The music is boring and the songs feel like they were chosen by someone who got a bad synopsis and didn’t understand the little amount of plot.
There were some fantastic jokes and some interesting moments and references to classic monster movies. That was fun but the fat-phobic jokes and constant tropes about beauty sapped the joy for me.
The movie could have used more Scamper and Brain, which are the only parts of the movie that are genuinely funny. Beyond that it’s mostly been done before and I wasn’t impressed.
Final Score: 2 Stars out of 5