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4 Ratings: 2.5
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Genre: Horror, Drama
Release Date: June 17, 1994
MPAA Rating: R
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When the moon is full a new kind of legend rises....

  • Feb 12, 2010
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The Wolf-Man has been a major horror icon since he made his first big slash on the horror genre in 1941 with Universal's " The Wolfman" since then everyone of all ages has heard of and in some ways fears the Wolfman. The story of a man bitten by a wolf and only on a full moon will he turn into a beast of unquenchable blood lust and rage that will destroy anything and anyone in it's path. Mike Nichols (Director of Charlie Wilson's War and Postcards from the edge) delivers a fresh and yet haunting new look at one of horrors most feared and beloved icons. "Wolf" puts a modernized spin on one of cinema's oldest legends.

"Wolf" is more of a satire on werewolf films than an actual horror film itself but amazingly doesn't evoke any laughs and instead actually evokes terror and uses its dark and foreboding story to scare and entice the audience. But while some might find this tale of a urban werewolf frightening and original while others might find it shallow, boring and derivative, but Mike Nichols "Wolf" is far from derivative or boring in fact "Wolf" is extremely engaging and one of the better horror thrillers to come out of the last stretch of the 20th century. Nevertheless, while it is engaging and features a very charismatic and amazingly kind hearted performance from Jack Nicholson this film will not appeal to every horror fan especially gore happy or adrenaline junkie types. no this horror thriller/drama is more for the fans of the golden oldies like Dracula(1931), The Wolfman(1941), Frankenstein(1931) and many more, it doesn't rely on bloody tactics, graphic sexuality or an abundance of other cliques. No what makes "Wolf" unique is the fact that it takes it slow to tell the intricate and well thought out story develop the broad three dimensional characters and fully play out it's theme of a man who truly embraces his inner beast.

Jack Nicholson performance is strong, but kind hearted which is something new as he always usually plays the psychos, the tough guys or some unstable nut with a high paying job. Seeing him play an average Joe is what makes this film such a catch. However, Nicholson doesn't stop at just playing normal, no, he goes beyond it playing such an iconic character but he puts his own flare and style to such a tricky role. As playing, a werewolf is not an easy task even if it doesn't involve flashy CGI tricks. You have to give your all to make your dual role convincing and Nicholson does just that. Michelle Pfeiffer is beautiful as always but somewhat out of place in a story like this, I know she was picked to be the love interest to Nicholson but her acting abilities are not up to snuff to compare to such a titan like Jack Nicholson. Surprisingly she is able to hold her own for the most part and doesn't come off as an eyesore but there is not much else to say in her favor. James Sparer is another wasted talent, he doesn't fit well into his role or this film for that matter he's not a good enough actor to support such a character driven film and he comes off as almost bland and emotionless and is an eyesore in this film. The rest of the cast is great many big names including Richard Jenkins, Christopher Plummer and David Hyde Pierce and a few others know faces help round out a great supporting cast that not only helps strengthen the film but helps strengthen the lead actors as well.

"Wolf" is unconventional, slow moving but jolting, complex and perplexing it's not a horror film for everyone but it certainly does the trick and in the end when it's all said and done you'll leave this film with a smile on your face knowing you got what you wanted and more.

When the moon is full a new kind of legend rises....

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February 12, 2010
Nice review, bit I hated this flick. James Spader was great in it--and funny too but Nicholson seemed comatose even after the wolf kicked in. Are you going to be catching the new WOLFMAN? The amount of CGI in the tv ads is scaring me off. It looks bad even on the tube.
February 13, 2010
Thank you. And yes I am going to go see the new "The Wolfman" it looks like it's going to be great.
February 13, 2010
I just read Woopak's review and it wasn't pretty.
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