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Movie Review: Igor

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A review of Igor including description of the movie, areas of concern, teachable themes, discussion questions, and scriptures to use.
Movie Review: <i>Igor</i>
Overview

In the land of Malaria, bad is good and good is bad. To get to the top you need to come up with the most evil invention, a creation that will be able to overcome all the other inventions, well, evilly.

Before I go any further, let me explain for the initiated that Igor is not only a character in this movie, but a classification. An igor is apparently a hunchback who, because of his class, is reduced to running errands and pulling levers for his evil, mad scientist master.

The Igor of this movie is not about to fit into this mold. He has plans. He has ideas. He has dreams of building a terrifying monster who will take over the world.

Of course, he has two sidekicks. First there is Brain, who is so bright that he misspells his own name, labeling himself Brian. Scamper is some kind of strange, demented bunny who is not much brighter. When Igor’s mad scientist master blows himself up in an invention gone bad, these assistants join forces to help Igor pursue his dream.

Igor and his cohorts do invent a monster. Yet despite all of his excellent design and hard work, and even the insertion of an evil bone, the monster, Eve, is GOOD! Yikes! Her first dastardly act is giving rides to blind orphans! Igor tries to correct this problem by taking Eve to a brainwashing station who uses video to brainwash, but even this goes wrong when a remote control malfunction causes her to watch James Lipton’s Inside the Actor’s Studio instead of the evil videos that she was supposed to watch. This leaves Eve both good and wanting to be an actress, blissfully singing “Tomorrow” from Annie! The evil Dr. Schadenfreude tries and eventually captures Eve to use her for his own political gain. In the end, Igor, Brain and Scamper risk their very lives to save Eve and the land of Malaria.

Personally, I enjoyed this movie. Igor is really a good vs. evil movie. It is made very clear in this movie that evil is a choice. I am sorry I don’t have this exact quote, but towards the end of the movie, Igor states that everyone is born with an evil bone, but it is our choice whether to listen to it or not.

Concerns

There are some darns and gosh-es, but otherwise, the language is okay. Carl Cristall wears no pants and likes to scratch his rear end, but it is invisible, so….what can you say? Dr. Schadenfreude’s girlfriend wears many disguises and some don’t cover parts of her up as much as you would like, and there is a bit of innuendo there, but the kids with me did not even pick up on that.

Teachable Themes
  • You Can Be Anything You Want to Be
    While Igor is an igor, he rises above his class and the expectations of others to do what he feels called to do.

  • Evil is a Choice
    This theme is presented continually throughout the movie. When Igor tries to talk Eve into doing something bad she says, “It’s better to be a good nobody than an evil somebody.”

  • Bad Company Corrupts
    When Eve hangs out with Dr. Schadenfreude she starts to do bad things because of his bad influence.

  • It’s What’s Inside that Counts
    Beauty is skin deep, but it is in our hearts that counts.


Biblical References

While there are no Biblical references in this film, these could be applied:
  • God has a plan for our lives
    • Jeremiah 29:11-12 “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” (NIV)

  • Just like people in the land of Malaria had to make the choice to be good, God gives us the choice of how to live our lives. We should choose good, choose life
    • Deuteronomy 30:19-20: “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (NIV)

  • Be careful who you spend time with.
    • 1 Corinthians:15:33 “Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character." (NIV)


  • It is what is on the inside that counts.
    • 1 Samuel 16:7 “But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." (NIV)


Discussion Questions
  • Has anyone ever told you that you could not do or be something that you felt in your heart you were supposed to do or be?
    • How did that make you feel?
    • How did you respond?
  • Igor tried to fill Eve’s mind full of evil.
    • Why is it important what we watch and put into our heads and hearts?
  • Eve said, “It’s better to be a good nobody than an evil somebody.”
    • Do you agree with that?
    • Why is that so?
  • Dr. Schadenfreude temporarily turned Eve to evil.
    • Why is it important not to hang around bad influences?
  • Evil is a choice.
    • How can we choose good?

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