James McAvoy’s Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe’s Igor play things to the hilt in this new take on Mary Shelley’s legendary tale. It looks suitably plush and is atmospherically transplanted to mid-19th-century London.

Despite their enjoyably ripe performances as the maniacal scientist obsessed with creating life and his (initially) hunchbacked assistant, the film fails to pull off the knockabout, lovingly irreverent spirit it is aiming for. Still, the stars are always worth watching.