Diablo Cody has held a special place as one of my favorite writers. Her incredible talent has earned her both an Academy Award and a Tony Award, showcasing her versatility across various genres. Whether delving into thought-provoking themes in films like Juno and Tully or crafting darkly comedic gothic horrors like Jennifer’s Body, Diablo Cody consistently demonstrates her ability to tackle diverse storytelling. And now, with her latest project Lisa Frankenstein, she continues to captivate audiences with her unique and compelling narratives.
Lisa Frankenstein is a fantastic film that embraces the eccentricities within each of us. As someone who proudly identifies as a “weirdo,” I thoroughly enjoyed it! The movie pays homage to the beloved films of the 80s while incorporating familiar tropes. Who doesn’t love exaggerated 80s fashion, music, a fashion show montage, and cheeky humor? However, what helps set it apart is its self-awareness, skillfully acknowledging and embracing its own quirks.
LISA FRANKENSTEIN SHINES THROUGH ITS STARS
Lisa Frankenstein stars Kathryn Newton (Freaky/Ant-Man Series) and Cole Sprouse (Riverdale) as Lisa and “Frankenstein” respectively. Their on-screen chemistry is truly remarkable and plays a pivotal role in the success of the movie. Why? Because even if it all doesn’t make sense, if you enjoy the characters you’ll forgive everything else.
As the story unfolds, viewers can sense the genuine friendship that develops between Lisa and Frank, and witness the blossoming of a heartfelt connection amidst the intense and gory situations they create together.
Newton delivers an absolutely charming performance as Lisa, capturing a character that exudes a delightful blend of Winona Ryder in Edward Scissorhands and the iconic Heathers. Liza Soberano, on the other hand, flawlessly portrays the role of step-sister Taffy, showcasing her talent by bringing depth to a character that could easily be perceived as a “mean girl.”
However, the standout for me is Cole Sprouse. He says maybe 10 words in the entire film but still manages to make Frankenstein 3 dimensional, emoting only with looks and grunts. Despite the limited words spoken, I found myself fully understanding and connecting with his character’s feelings in every moment.
Lisa Frankenstein hits theaters on February 9, 2024! You don’t want to miss this one!