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Movie Review: The Wolfman (February, 2010)

Director: Joe Johnston
Screenplay: Andrew Kevin Walker, discount David Self
Release Date: February 12, 2010
Actors: Benecio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt

Note: I wrote this a long time ago, but I feel that even though the movie has already been released, perhaps one can decide if they want to watch it on the big screen or on DVD. I feel it is nice to write about movies – old or new.

What a shame. Three wonderful actors and what results in this almost hilarious film is a failure.

Why? Well, let me first tell you the premise. Ben Talbot, brother of Lawrence Talbot (Benecio del Toro), husband of Solana Talbot (Emily Blunt) and son of John Talbot (Anthony Hopkins) is viciously attacked and torn apart by a werewolf. Solana sends a letter to Lawrence, who is now an American actor but currently performing in a play in London. She asks Lawrence to return home to find his brother. By the time he returns, Ben has been found dead and left in the ditches. Lawrence then decides that he will stay until he finds what happens to his brother. However, upon his investigation, he has the most unfortunate fate of getting bitten by the werewolf, cursing him to a horrible fate of turning into a werewolf himself.

There are so many things wrong with The Wolfman that I don’t know where to begin. The werewolf that we are first introduced to is quick, limber, almost ghostly in his kills. As the movie progresses, it seems as though the werewolf and Benecio del Toro’s werewolf suddenly slows down. It seems very inconsistent and turns me off. The worst part of the film is the makeup and costume of the werewolves. Instead of the awesome look of the Lycans in Underworld, the werewolves in The Wolfman looked straight out of a werewolf comedy.

I feel honestly bad for writing this as I have a great deal of respect for all three actors, but throughout the entire movie I had trouble not making fun of the various scenes purposely done to make the viewer jump, the “rawr” moments that seemed something out of a comic book. One thing I do give this – this movie is great for people to gather around and make fun of together. Given the material that they were given, they did a pretty good job, but there didn’t seem anything to the film.

This movie is the 1941 remake of the movie of the same name written by Carl Siodmak. I have never seen the original, and I would be willing to believe that it had more substance than the remake. Though I could understand the underlying message to The Wolfman – the monster/beast in us all, what is the difference between beast and man… what does it mean to kill a beast that is also a man – it was not delivered in a subtle manner.

So what would I say? Wait until this movie ends up being shown on cable television, or on premium if you have any of those channels. Because, it’s really not worth the price of admission or a rental. However, if you need a fun/scary movie to make fun of, maybe on Hallowe’en, this is a perfect movie for that purpose.

Not recommended. 1.5 moons / 5 moons (mostly for effort and the beautiful scenes and cinematography)

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