When the moon is full the legend comes to life
This werewolf-themed horror film set in Victorian England centers on Lawrence Talbot, an American man who, upon a visit to London, gets bitten by a werewolf. Talbot had come to England to make amends with his estranged father, but after a moonlight transformation leaves him with a savage hunger for flesh, family harmony is the least of his worries.
"The Wolfman" was a staple of the creature features of the forties and fifties and will be fondly remembered for Lon Chaney Jnr's portrayal of the tortured werewolf back in 1941. A character that has been around since the early days of cinema he was due another run-out and when Joe Johnson signed on for a reboot a few years ago the expectations were high.
Joe Johnson is a former special effects man and you would think with that background that this would be something to rival the Rick Baker effects on "An American Werewolf In London". Baker was the man chosen again to create a monster and unfortunately he missed his mark for once. Maybe it's nostalgia for Landis's…
Joe Johnston is the real Dog Whisperer.
There's a good wolfie...
Beautiful, tame, lame waste of talent.
As an avid werewolf film fan, having made one myself, I cannot help but enjoy moments of this. Sure the film isn't great, but the gory carnage and the practical effects, which there are sadly too few compared to CG, are a lot of fun.
How did they mess up a Werewolf movie so badly when they had some great talent involved and at least a half decent budget. The biggest disappointment was the fact that 30 years a go they did a far better transformation scene, than they did in this film. Overall a very big disappointment and I would not recommend this to anyone.
A mess of a film.
Lack of actual horror. Focusing more on disposable gore shots. Rubbish attempts at dark humour.
Characters that you do not care about or are even interested in.
Ninja werewolf in a gypsy camp scene.
Another silly Anthony Hopkins performance.
A weak Benicio del Toro performance.
Mish mash of effects that range from poor to good.
Too much CGI, leading to a lack of atmoshpere or decent grounding for the film. (including exterior shots, werewolf and dodgy looking bear & deer)
I reallly wanted it to be good, I originally saw this at the cinema where I left bitterley dissapointed. Unfortunately it seemed lazy in parts, tainted, interfered with film making. Second watch just confirms my disdain. It is obviously hard to do a decent werewolf film, as so few have attained that status, but this one infuriates more as it had the budget and supposedly some talent behind it.
For a cast that includes Anthony Hopkins and Benicio Del Toro, I was surprised how badly wooden and bland the acting is from the whole cast. Coming from Joe Johnson, the director of The Rocketeer and Captain America:The First Avenger, I was surprised how poorly edited and shoddy the directing is. Written by the same guys behind Se7en and Road to Perdition,I was surprised by the lack of chills, suspense, scares, and interest. How could this have failed so badly?
The Wolfman is a very bad remake of an old horror movie classic. The idea to remake it wasn't a bad one you could say because the old one is definitely dated now that it is over seventy years old, or you could think that it would be a bad idea to remake it considering that the old one was such a horror masterpiece of its time that it should be left alone. However I definitely feel like it was a bad idea to remake it in the way it was done. This film was hated by pretty much by all critics and audience members like myself, so I think it is safe to say it didn't do justice to…
Very disappointing. Dodgy makeup and a lazy plot. Even Del Toro doesn't fare well.
Lo siento, pero... ¡bodrio! No me asustó, ni me entretuvo, ni nada de nada. Efectos buenos, maquillaje no tanto, fotografía muy oscura (cliché clicheado), actuación no tan buena, personajes débiles. ¿Qué hace Anthony Hopkins allí?
Danny Elfman... Se repite mucho, su Soundtrack no aporta nada al ambiente ni a la historia.
One of the worst films made. Terrible character development.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Neither as visually or narratively inventive (nor over-the-top) as the 90's Dracula or Frankenstein re-makes, Joe Johnston's Wolfman makes a valiant attempt at recreating my favourite Universal Monster movie. The problem is the same anytime a director gets a good crew of talented people together (re: Rick Baker, Walter Murch, Benicio Del Toro, Hugo Weaving, Danny Elfman, etc) to remake something you've already seen: Reverence for the subject matter gets in the way of inventiveness, which is the opposite of how the original came to be.
The biggest problems are the film falling victim to boring modern action tropes. Over reliance on CGI with everything from single drops of blood to tiny wisps of fog to having to have a…
This one had more flaws than I recalled from the theater.
Still a great attempt to do a modern spin on a throwback approach to the Universal Monster movies. A great deal more care and thought has been put into this movie than most of the junk I watch at the theater.
The world of the film has been beautifully designed and realized. From Talbot Manor with its weathered regal trappings and leaves scattered on the floor to Inspector Abberdine's trenchcoat and leather gloves. The film is sumptuous and haunted.
Del Toro and Hopkins both give odd and unexpected performances. they are already strange outsiders even before we know more about them. It's prob not for everybody but I loved…
I found this to be really long and boring. Usually a Gothic atmosphere is a plus for me , but it didnt grab me. Del Toro as Lawrence Talbot was pretty flat. Wolfman effects, creature was okay but it didnt save the film for me
A fantastically dark film with great acting and special effects. Really, what's not to like? I appreciated the fact that the movie didn't over do anything (a tactic seldom used these days) and that the dialogue maintained a bit of high-brow existentialism. The movie boils down to a question of morality: is it as much a sin to kill a beast as a man? and who can really tell the difference?
I liken the movie to Coppola's Dracula, which I would argue it far surpasses in both acting and execution. And if you are just looking for an uneasy and gruesome supernatural movie, you could do a lot worse.