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The Wolfman

Director Joe Johnston's 2010 remake of the classic Universal horror film.

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The Wolfman

  • Dec 24, 2010
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 can see what Hollywood was trying to go for with this movie. Namely, a modern attempt to recreate the style of classic 1930's monster movies. Their first effort at it is The Wolfman, and they definitely pull that off in most ways. Benicio Del Toro does a fantastic job in the lead role, and Anthony Hopkins is naturally such a good actor that he can bring perfection to any role that he assumes. Lush, victorian-style visuals combined with bloody gritty violence also work quite well surprisingly.

First of all, the visual style is really creepy and victorian-esque while mixing in the gritty, bloody violence. I loved how old-style the visuals looked and how it almost seemed like it was black-and-white without actually being black and white. The manor, the surrounding village, and everything else in the movie looked great, therefore it made me take it seriously and I saw that it was a decent movie.

The acting, however, was not that spectacular. Watchable, but not that memorable. Benicio Del Toro wasn't very good in the movie, and that's a shame, because he's been in decent movies and is a pretty decent actor unto himself. But what's especially sad was that I love Anthony Hopkins as an actor, but this is probably his worst film role to date. Let's just say, he's no Hannibal Lecter. He also looks like he had a bad facelift, and delivers his lines as deadly as Del Toro. There are just also some really noticeable continuity errors that do start to add up. The rest of the supporting actors, like Hugo Weaving and Emily Blunt, just did okay, not great but not bad. They each have their own merits and problems. I also think the fact that Lawrence (Del Toro) honed his skills in America was a poor excuse for Del Toro not to attempt a British accent. I mean, nobody would do shakespeare in an american accent. NOBODY.

The story is probably the strongest part of the movie, but it has a strange lack of genuine scares for a horror film, and it's sometimes hard to follow. It's about Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro), an actor who has to return to his childhood home in the mundane british countryside, where he witnessed his father standing over the remains of his mother. There's also a mysterious beast in the woods at the full moon that is killing people in the surrounding village, and Lawrence gets attacked. There's a twist ending in there, but I'm not going to tell you in case you want to see the movie, but it's incredibly well thought out and doesn't seem forced or contrived.

If you haven't seen this movie, it depends on your personal taste. If you're not squeamish around werewolves eating people, than you should be fine. If you are, then you shouldn't, because some of the violence actually does get quite graphic. If you're a fan of old-style monster movies, than you will either love or despise this film. If you're just looking for a good horror film, than you'll probably enjoy it. All in all, a decent film.

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January 18, 2011
Excellent review. Hey, you're on Lunch.com as well! Good to see that there's even more ways to compare movie opinions now.
January 18, 2011
By the way, this is Ryan M. of Rotten Tomatoes. You comment a lot on my reviews.
 
December 30, 2010
Yeah this was about average but it wasn't has bad as most make it out to be, great review.
January 01, 2011
I don't like this movie either.
 
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review by . March 19, 2010
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   This movie was quite a surprise. I've never seen the original 1941 film, so I had no idea what to expect. I certainly never imagined what the film actually turned out to be--a confusing story and plot that relied too heavily on CGI affects to cover glaring gaps. I don't expect horror films to make perfect, logical sense. I prepare myself for the plot holes and actually enjoy exclaiming over the fact that there's no way the murderer could have moved that fast to kill the …
review by . February 13, 2010
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2 ½ Stars: All HOWL and VERY Little BITE!
   There is no question that the original 1941 film “Wolfman” was a classic so I would not even try to compare director Joe Johnston’s 2010 remake titled “The Wolfman”. I’ve read that the film had suffered many re-shoots and heavy editing, actually the movie had been pushed back to different release dates before it settled in on one. The film is a fractured stab at the classic horror film, it has so much style that gave it potential, yet the storytelling …
review by . July 22, 2010
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I saw the Wolfman earlier in the year when it came to theaters with my kid and again recently with my wife on On Demand and thoroughly enjoyed myself each time. I have gotten kind of tired of these stupid, hipstery, over-stylized "horror" movies with werewolves that simply turn into giant dogs and fight people or vampires or whatever. This was a throwback to what the wolfman really is, a cursed man who turns into a half man half wolf during the full moon. This movie had the classic look …
review by . February 12, 2010
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review by . August 06, 2010
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This is an interesting new take on the werewolf genre. The movie takes place in the late nineteenth century England, and at the center of the story is a family that has been torn apart by inter-generational feuds between father and his two sons. The setting of the Victorian England is richly mined for its visual backdrop, and this is one of the more appealing features of this movie. The werewolf CG effects are very well done, but they are nothing spectacular. In fact, the CG-generated werewolves …
review by . May 26, 2010
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The Legend is reborn......
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Quick Tip by . November 16, 2010
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As is often the case with remakes of classic films,The Wolfman just doesn't live up to the original. While the film boasts an impressive cast, all of whom give strong performances, the story sinks beneath the number of uninspired action scenes and the overuse of special effects. Having said that, this is the first time in a mainstream American film where I've seen realistic werewolf carnage, which was rather fun. LOL! Luckily, the cast takes their roles seriously despite the poorly written …
review by . March 01, 2010
It was Saturday night, on a movie and dinner date with my wife with the kids at home with the babysitter. We went to see The Wolfman, with a quick Thai dinner to follow.      The Wolfman is the perfect kind of a movie for a night out like this. Nothing too out of the ordinary, a fairly predictable plot, and an old fashioned horror movie which reminded me of those old time Hammer horror movies I used to watch as a teenager. Imagine those old movies, but remade with modern effects …
Quick Tip by . October 30, 2010
I loved how they pulled up an old school feel to this movie.
Quick Tip by . August 01, 2010
I just saw this film as a rental this evening; my view was it had spooky scenery, some good visual effects, and I thought the werewolf was one creepy-ass creature, although there were not enough of the wolf scenes to really satisfy me. Lots of conversation in it, although most of it was pertinent to the story...more gory scenes would have made it better.
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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.
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Director: Joe Johnston
Genre: Horror
Release Date: Febuary 12th, 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 102 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Stuber Productions
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