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The Wolfman Review

The Wolfman

The Wolfman is a remake of the 1941 classic horror film of the same name. Lawrence Talbot, a haunted nobleman, is lured back to his family estate after his brother vanishes. Reunited with his estranged father, Talbot sets out to find his brother… and discovers a horrifying destiny for himself.
Talbot’s childhood ended the night his mother died. After he left the sleepy Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor, he spent decades recovering and trying to forget.
But when his brother’s fiancée, Gwen Conliffe, tracks him down to help find her missing love, Talbot returns home to join the search. He learns that something with brute strength and insatiable bloodlust has been killing the villagers, and that a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector named Aberline has come to investigate.

The Wolfman also pays more careful attention to the characters than one might expect. It’s not Shakespeare, but the script by Andrew Kevin Walker and David Self permits the various tensions–between father and son, peasant and ruler, order and chaos–to roam free a bit. That invests the onscreen figures with our sympathy and interest, allowing us to view them as more than empty ciphers. (That helps make up for the less-than-sparkling dialogue.) Del Toro looks like hammered shit, as usual, but he conveys the character’s inherent sadness just as Lon Cheney did seventy years ago. The twinkle in Hopkins’ eye reminds us all to relax, while Weaving’s clinical detective brings genuine morality to an otherwise stock antagonist role. They all understand the necessities of simple entertainment, and hold just enough depth to let us enjoy it properly…read more[Mania.com]

Benicio Del Toro as Lawrence Talbot, Emily Blunt as Gwen Conliffe and Anthony Hopkins as Sir John Talbot in The Wolf Man

Benicio Del Toro as Lawrence Talbot, Emily Blunt as Gwen Conliffe and Anthony Hopkins as Sir John Talbot in The Wolf Man

Yes, The Wolfman is one of those inconsistent creatures of celluloid that bears the claw marks of repeated tampering. The film opens on a vicious and exciting attack that smashes to a blood-dripping title card before you’re even allowed to catch your breath. From here, it hurries into the crux of the story where it settles into a relaxed retelling of key beats from the 1941 original film before switching gears yet again with new twists and turns that are extremely questionable and don’t sit right with this original Wolf Man fan…read more [STYD]

Hugo Weaving star as Det. Aberline in The Wolfman

Hugo Weaving star as Det. Aberline in The Wolfman

I loved the cinematography! From the dense, dark forests to the misty eyed view of a quiet London it all looked grandeur and magnificent. The effects of this movie really can be felt through the scenes focused on the forest. Rolling off the mist within the forest looked beautiful, shrouded in mystery and kept the viewer guessing as the roll of the dice on what the next scene offered, kept the brisk pace up. It helps that the camera work was elegantly captured, not only keeping attention to the main article but also referring to the more subtle moments.
London itself has never looked so transfixing but in the eyes of the gloom, you cannot help wondering what lays in the mist. Truly done to spectacular effect…read more [Horror-Movies.ca]

Anthony Hopkins as Sir John Talbot star in The Wolfman

Anthony Hopkins as Sir John Talbot star in The Wolfman

The Wolfman is no way a terrible movie. It’s not an abomination. Trade papers and journalists will spin this movie to be the aborted realization of a troubled production, but there are far worse examples of rushed business decisions in studio history. What’s wrong with The Wolfman is that it never solidifies a coherent artistic or narrative vision, which calls into question the necessity for a relaunch if the inspiration isn’t evident. The Wolfman moves at a lightning pace to its detriment (a probable result, in this case, of too much time revisiting the editing room by too many people) as the filmmakers never allow the film time and space to breathe and establish – let alone immerse the audience in – the world that it has created. What follows this botched, haphazard opening act is far better than the film’s first thirty minutes, but without the necessary foundation, none of what follows is convincing enough to be effective or affecting…read more [FilmSchoolRejects]

Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt stars in The Wolfman

Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt stars in The Wolfman

It’s no secret that The Wolfman has had a production shoot as cursed as its main protagonist. Originally intended for a 2007 release and conceived as a throwback to the camp, yet brilliant Universal and Hammer Horror classics. It was so beleaguered by studio interference and numerous reshoots that it has led to a final product that feels butchered, confused and limp…read more [TalkTalk]

Shelly Johnson’s ashen cinematography gives every scene the look of midnight. Clouds rush past the full moon. Already-pale Victorians blanch with fear, loading their guns with silver bullets for the four-legged wolf-thing bounding the moors. Actors fulminate and masticate, spit, scowl and sob; what a gas it is to watch them overact with joy and conviction. Understatement be damned: they’re in a gen-u-ine hairy-scary werewolf movie, not some Nair-chested “Twilight” boytown, and they are clearly loving every minute of it…read more [MySA]

The Wolfman Wallpaper

The Wolfman Wallpaper

The simplistic plot, unnecessary gore and Agent Smit… errr… um, Detective Aberline could have all been EASILY overlooked however, if Hopkins and Del Toro really nailed their individual performances and the relationship between the two. They simply did not and it hurt the movie. I imagine that I was supposed to feel some sense of pity for Lawrence Talbert as he is dealing with a tragic situation that has spun wildly beyond his control. But I could not because Del Toro looked as if his source of inspiration for his character’s anguish was heartburn rather than insurmountable tragedy. And Sir Anthony Hopkins seemed to have simply blown the dust off of his Col. William Ludlow role in Legends of the Fall for a second run. Sure there was no stroke in the third act, but there was not heart in this performance either…read more [IESB]

Benicio Del Toro stars in The Wolfman

Benicio Del Toro stars in The Wolfman

Del Toro is already well versed in playing someone with an underlining conflict; his twitches and glances adding to a character that could easily just have been played with straight up brooding. He may have been obvious casting, but he’s still an unconventional leading man, and his quasi-alternative presence lends even more thespian weight to proceedings…read more [Entertainment.ie]

The Wolfman Wallpaper

The Wolfman Wallpaper

There are certain elements from the original Wolfman that do appear in the remake, the only problem is those similarities are overshadowed by unnecessary blood. This is not a movie for the weak at heart or those with sensitive eyes. The Wolfman is a mixture of old school Gothic horror mixed with the Saw franchise. Does that sound like a pleasant combination to you? If so, you should definitely give it a shot this weekend…read more [ScreenCrave]

The Wolfman behind-the-Scenes featurette with Benicio del Toro:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS9sxWARvDA[/youtube]

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Daniel

    February 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Pretty intense :P

  2. millie

    April 30, 2010 at 8:55 am

    What the hell do you mean Del Toro looks like hammered shit AS USUAL? Why the personal attack??

    He’s a great character actor and his fans don’t appreciate that kind of insult disguised as a review! Stick to the movie.

    The rest of the review was “adequate”.

  3. John

    June 2, 2010 at 3:36 am

    Hey Daniel, relax, buddy. I’m sure Del Toro is a big boy and can handle a little criticism. And as much as I like the actor, the “hammered shit” was not only funny, it was accurate.

  4. John

    June 2, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Sorry, Daniel, that was meant to be directed at “millie”, not you.

  5. Adeline Machado

    June 7, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Let’s not make any personal attacks on Del Toro. The guy is HOT. Ask any woman who looks at that face and they’ll all tell you the same thing: HE’S HOT! He has an edgy look that keeps you wanting to know more about him. The guy is private though, so we’ll never know. I agree with Millie. Looks like most guys can’t handle it, though. Sorry, fellas, you can’t all be Benicio Del Toro! The movie was great, the review, not so much.

  6. John kalantary

    July 9, 2010 at 8:38 am

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