The Wolfman

A remake of the 1941 horror film and set in Victorian-era Great Britain, The Wolfman is the story of Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro – Che, The Usual Suspects)  a Shakespearean actor and nobleman, who is lured back to his family estate after his brother vanishes.  Reunited with his estranged father (Anthony Hopkins – The Silence of the Lambs, The World’s Fastest Indian), Talbot sets out to find his brother and discovers a horrifying destiny for himself.  He learns that something with brute strength and insatiable blood-lust has been killing the villagers, and that a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector named Aberline (Hugo Weaving – The Matrix, Lord of the Rings) has come to investigate.  Vic’s Review:

This film has little in common with the original 1941 motion picture.  In the original story, Lawrence Talbot comes back to Wales to reconcile with his father and falls in love with Gwen Conliffe.  That night, Larry attempts to rescue Gwen’s friend Jenny from what he believes to be a sudden attack by a wolf, who actually turns out to be a werewolf the son of a gypsy fortune teller.  In this remake however,

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Make-up artist Rick Baker is still a master of his art and it shows in this film.  There was a lot of CGI, but the closeup of the actors looked amazing.  Although the movie didn’t have me hanging on the edge of my seat with suspense, it did have a lot of sudden “jump out at the screen” moments and the film was definitely not short of any gore.  They tried to incorporate a bit of mystery into the film, but I found that it was quite easy to deduce from the beginning who the main culprit was.  And similar to 1992′s Bram Stroker’s Dracula (which also starred Anthony Hopkins… hmm… horror film coincedence?),  the film had a bit of drama and romance which included the uneasy passion between Lawrence and Gwen.  All these moments did tie the movie together, however the film had a tendency to linger and drag on.  Overall, if you’re a fan of old school monsters, I’d watch this in the theater, otherwise wait for the DVD.

My Rating: 7.0 out of 10.