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"This is very nice. It's not what I ordered, but it's very nice."
-Me, one of my all-time snarky comments when served the wrong entree at a fancyass steakhouse once owned by one of my law partners.

You'd think, with a couple of Sherlocks in the cast, that they've have been paying attention to detail. I saw a preview article in the paper a couple of days ago, announcing that our local art-house chain was going to rerun the 2011 NT cinema broadcast of Danny Boyle's Frankenstein. Emily and I had seen it two summers ago at the local Googolplex, and much enjoyed the version with Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature and Jonny Lee Miller as Victor. Here, finally, was a chance to see it the other way round- all the better now, since I've become well acquainted with JLM's unique take on the Holmes character and it'd be interesting to contrast how differently they take these roles.

Doing the ticketing this morning, it couldn't have been clearer:

Sunday's show features Benedict Cumberbatch as Victor and Johnny Lee Miller as the Creature.

Monday's show features Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature and Johnny Lee Miller as Victor.

I'd have preferred the evening show tomorrow, frankly (see what I did there?), but it was the luck of the draw and so I booked a for-sure ducat for me and then a second when Eleanor decided to go, too.  Imagine, then, the sound of other shoes dropping when Emma Freud's intro announced that "tonight's" performance would be, rather, the BC-as-Creature version I'd already seen.

Duh- what was anybody gonna do, walk out on THAT?

I'm actually glad we went. Of the two, I tend to think this casting is truer to what the actors best convey- so I'm happy Eleanor got to see that one of the pair. Plus it brings back the power and sheer artistry of Cumberbatch's Creature-ation; the dance, the running about like a two-year-old, the ever-slight fourth-wall bumps he pulls off in a couple of scenes.  I think it will make the never-seen encore tomorrow that much easier to enjoy.

As we left the cinema (where I heard not a single soul complaining), they had copies of the alt-weekly in the lobby, which I grabbed just to be sure I hadn't been mistaken. As the preview there put it: The Sunday broadcast features Miller as the monster; Monday Cumberbatch takes the role.

Looking back at the man Victor is and the man his creature becomes, it's perfectly plausible to argue that Miller did, indeed, play the more monstrous of the two today.

I will check before ticketing tomorrow just to be sure they are going to run the alternate version at the evening screening. Or maybe, true to Elementary, they'll just run them simultaneously on two separate DVD players.



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thediva_laments From: thediva_laments Date: February 9th, 2014 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I feel completely culturally illiterate as I'd never heard of this before. Now I want to see it. I wonder if any of our local places will play it?
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: February 9th, 2014 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
This appears to be the upcoming shedule for the 617; Frank's not on, but the other ones are coming up:

http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/venues/2004133123-coolidge-corner-theatre-the
onlyonechoice From: onlyonechoice Date: February 9th, 2014 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know if you ever saw my reviews of Frankenstein, but feel free to take a gander now that we're LJ friends and all :)

http://onlyonechoice.livejournal.com/518126.html
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: February 9th, 2014 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great observations, T. I especially liked the line about JLM's drool.

One problem I didn't have was separating the two from their Holmesian roles. (I didn't follow Hackers, so that didn't distract.) JLM as Victor was barely recognisable as the man he'd go on to play; I'm interested to see how Boyle dealt with his tats in the early near-naked scenes. BC looked more like BC- how can he not?- but I don't think he ever hat-tipped to anything in his other performing background.

One thing I STILL haven't figured out, after two goes now, is the whole bit with the train early on. All Eleanor and I can think is it was some amount of "We're the NT- we've got to have PROPS!" In something so dark and black-humourous, it still struck me as more of a Cats homage than anything having to do with the story.
nentikobe From: nentikobe Date: February 9th, 2014 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wish I could see those. We get Tom Hiddleston down this way, not that I mind him IN THE SLIGHTEST. Is there a way to purchase these? I sure as heck would break my rule of "never purchase til viewed" for these...
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: February 9th, 2014 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Last word I saw, the NT (stating they are respecting the principals' wishes) have put the kibosh on any DVD release of the performances. My guess, though, is they will eventually relent. In the meantime, there are legs of boots on assorted sites.
thediva_laments From: thediva_laments Date: February 9th, 2014 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with this completely.
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