I will probably end up seeing this, I'm a sucker for the RDJ Holmes movies and I loved Van Helsing as a kid (not sure it holds up though) so this seems right in that vein to me. Something about the occult/science angle in these Victorian settings just appeals to me I guess. I do like them to actually be somewhat period pieces though, because I really did not like I,Frankenstein and its modern setting.
I watched this right after Crimson Peak on the same night. Wasn't too bad, it had its moments from time to time. McAvovy & Radcliffe worked great together as a team. The story was a bit boring and should have called the movie "Igorstein" since it seem to be his story with victor madeness. c+ rated
Frankenstein is a victim of his hybris, he´s not evil per se and definitely not a villain. He did not really think things through when he created the creature. but got carried away by the excitement of the possibilities. When the "creature" became self-aware and began to feel alone among the humans, an outcast, Frankenstein was surprised by its wish of having a mate. Frankenstein was like a parent who was unfit to handle his child, a motif that we later saw in a lot of other scifi or fantasy movies like Species.
I´ll very likely watch the new frankenstein over the weekend, I am really curious about how much it was "Bayed".