February 14, 2010
By J.D. Cook
The Wolfman – a horror classic I have never seen. So it was that I found my interest peeked in a remake of the aforementioned classic. Unfortunately great actors couldn’t save this dull plot from progressing into another horror classic. Instead you are left with an entertaining although not particularly bright story.
Benicio Del Toro plays Lawrence Talbot, an American who returns to his old house due to his brother’s recent murder. His father, played by Anthony Hopkins, and his brother’s fiancé, played by Emily Bunt, meet him at the home and begin to unearth the mystery
that surrounds his brothers death. Unfortunately any spirited movie enthusiast will be able to predict the entire movie within the first half hour.
Del Toro does a decent job in the main role, with the exception of his final scene which was just atrocious. Anthony Hopkins is Anthony Hopkins, but unfortunately he just can’t hide the predictable plot twists. Every memorable movie is innovative in some way, but Wolfman does nothing new. Everything in this movie has been seen before in other werewolf movies. This movie served to create a hunger in me to see a true werewolf movie such as Silver Bullet, or an American Werewolf in London.
The usually Hugo Weaving does not even truly do anything as a Scotland Yard detective. The only thing done very well in this film was the setting. You really feel like the film was shot in 19th century England. But that is like being served a great looking dish only to find it tastes like crap. The special effects were simple which was interesting at first, but then you realize that this film doesn’t even improve on the old special effects of the previous werewolf movies. The gore is also a bit over the top, but that could have been good if it was done sparingly – unfortunately it was not. I wouldn’t recommend this film if you have better things to do with your time, but if you find yourself bored it is entertaining, although not really worth you money.
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