The Wolfman w Benicio Del Toro – A Review

by on June 26, 2010

in Entertainment, movie reviews

The Wolfman Promo Art Poster

This is a quick movie review of the 2010 remake of The Wolfman was a fine mix of paying homage to a classic while updating it with today’s special effects. While paying homage, it added a slightly new twist to the classic origin of the man cursed to be a monthly beast. (I will try to refrain from any jokes about monthly events!)

The Wolfman stars Benicio Del Toro as the ill-fated Lawrence Talbot, one of my favorites, Anthony Hopkins as his father, Sir John Talbot. It also stars Emily Blunt as the widow of Del Toro’s brother (The first victim) and Hugo Weaving (Who will be playing the Red Skull in the upcoming Captain America movie) who becomes the main monster hunter as the movie develops.

It’s directed by Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III, Hidalgo) & written by Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en, Sleepy Hollow), David Self (Road to Perdition), & Curt Siodmak, who was the writer of the 1941 screenplay.

The movie takes less than 2 minutes to set itself up as a classic monster movie as we watch the first death of the monster’s wrath, and in a fleeting glimpse, we see its face.

The movie has fair to decent effects yet at spots, the CGI seems spotty with The Wolfman effects. There’s much more story than gory, though there is plenty of gory. I like how the first 1/2 hour or so of the movie built up the details of the story and developed the atmosphere. Much like the original version did. Then again, the movies from that era had to develop more story than effects.

The middle and end mirrored the monster movies of the era, with a bit of a side twist to make it it’s own. Any further details will spoil the story for you if you like being surprised.

All in all, it was a good 2 hours of entertainment. Not phenomenal, but it wasn’t bad. More details will follow the image.

There are SPOILERS following The Wolfman movie still.

The Wolfman Movie Still

As the movie opens we watch the first victim die at the hands of the monster. We then follow various streams of plot as they will be coming together to become the classic monster movie we all know.

At first, we’re hooked along for a short time believing that The Wolfman showed up at the same time that the Gypsies were in town, but the twist is, that as Lawrence Talbot explores the mystery behind the death of his brother, he finds out that his father was not only the monster, but he killed his brother and was responsible for the death of his mother when he was young.

This sets up the end game of the movie as the Jr. Talbot confronts the Sr. Talbot. After the confrontation, the Jr. Talbot is confronted by Abberline (Hugo Weaving) but runs off, leaving Abberline with a bite wound.

In the closing scenes, we hear the howl in the background. Hmm, a possibly sequel? Maybe. The estimated budget to make the film was $85M and they’ve grossed $138M Worldwide. So there’s a chance that some studio head might make some decision thinking they can turn a profit from another film.

If you come into this film expecting WOW, you will probably be disappointed. It’s not WOW. It’s good, not WOW. Now if you come into this looking to watch a true remake with a bit of a shine, it will be a fine movie experience.

Benicio Del Toro brings a wonderfully engaging presence to his role of Talbot. Ranging from the aloof to the tortured, his portrayal definitely brought the experience up a notch. And it’s almost always a wonderful experience to see Anthony Hopkins in any thing he does.

The Wolfman is most definitely a great rental. If you’re a genre fan, I think you’ll enjoy it.

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