Director – Joe Johnston
Cast – Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving, David Sterne, Art Malik, Cristina Contes, Simon Merrells, Mario Marin-Borquez, Asa Butterfield
Release Year – 2010
Reviewed by John of the Dead
It took me a while to get to this film, mainly because after viewing the trailers I really was not too interested in this flick. I love Benecio Del Toro, and the rest of the cast intrigued me, but this is one I waited for to hit the dollar cinemas. After giving this one a watch it is a flawed remake of the 1941 classic The Wolf Man, but if you turn your brain off and take in what this one has to offer it turns out to be a positive experience.
The Wolfman stars Benicio Del Toro as Lawrence Talbot, a now-American stage performer who returns to his hometown in England due to the death of his brother. Due to the savage nature of his brother’s death, it is obvious his brother’s killer is no human being nor any animal native to that part of England. While searching for answers behind his brother’s death Lawrence is bitten by the very creature that killed his brother, a mythical creature that has now become a reality. Lawrence has been “marked by the beast” and soon the effects begin to show. As each full moon causes Lawrence to commit unspeakable atrocities his brother’s widow, Gwen(Emily Blunt), tries all she can to save him from his doomed fate.
Right from the get-go this flick takes off and shows that director Joe Johnston has no intention of straying away from the gore, which I liked. Benicio’s performance was positive and watching him work with the always Lecter-esque Anthony Hopkins as his father was a nice treat. I personally wish we would not have had so much CGI, but I suppose for what this film needed to do CGI was required. I mean, there is no way the transformed Benicio could really run 60 mph, right? Thankfully, a good amount of the gore was used in live-action fashion and it kept me engaged and quite happy. The kills were sweet as well, with many decapitations and ripped throats, all with the utmost amount of bloody gore. For a guy who had never worked in the horror genre prior to this film, director Joe Johnston brought the “goods”.
Story-wise this film was OK, it did not offer anything special but it did enough to keep me satisfied. It would have been nice to see Anthony Hopkins not play Hannibal Lecter and instead portray the character he signed on to do, but regardless watching this guy return to the genre was good enough for me. Personally I wish we would have received more from Hugo Weaving’s character, Inspector Abberline. It seemed he was merely added just to add another character and provide some conflict for Lawrence, but I was left a bit unsatisfied at the simple usage of his character. Oh well.
Overall, this was a positive watch that I actually enjoyed more than I thought I would. If you can look past this flick’s flaws and just enjoy the ride and the gore/kills then this should be a positive watch for you as well.