Since I recently saw "The Nice Guys", and loving the fact that they opened the film with the old 70s…
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.
Though it could use some narrative thickening, Joe Johnston's "The Wolfman" is a respectable and excitingly rendered horror film. Taking advantage of CG creature effects and settings, the film offers a no-holds barred updating of a classic story that may lack weight and depth but still manages to generate thrills.
"The Wolfman" provides the time-honored collection of lycanthropic plot points: death on the moors, gypsy intrigue, and monthly transformations. Unfortunately, there is not much else to the narrative mix beside a horrifying and head-scratching father-son dynamic. It is all foundation for werewolf mayhem where a richer story, with richer emotions, would have served the film better.
Johnston makes a serviceable director here, but his film occasionally drowns in CG artifice.…
Mostly I'm a sucker for a bipedal werewolf in a torn up suit howling at the moon from a London rooftop. Hokey but secure in its lack of irony, and pretty bloody too. Want to give extra points for Anthony Hopkins in hammy Van-Helsing-from-Coppola's-DRACULA mode, but they'd be cancelled out for wasting Emily Blunt.
This mainly works because if someone told me Benicio del Toro was legit a wolfman I wouldn't bat an eye. He is very wolfish.
Even for 2010 the special effects are underwhelming. Especially in those transformation scenes.
"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…
I was hoping for something better from director Joe Johnston, but I've got this instead. Even the cast of Anthony Hopkins, Benicio del Toro, Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving seemed promising. However, actors can't save a movie from being negatively received. Script and direction are at the core of all movies, but even these actors can't save a sinking ship.
The actors themselves did a decent job considering what they had to work with, but the negatives outweigh the positives. I was pretty bored watching a movie that was supposed to be scary. Even though I love horror movies I am easily startled and I didn't even flinch while watching this.
This could've, and should've been so much better. Such a promising cast wasted. I've been interested in seeing this film for a while (I love Werewolf/Vampire movies) despite the negative reception. While I did enjoy the film to some extent, it's far too flawed for me to really appreciate. A 2.5/5 is generous.
The ONLY version to ever be seen is Dir cut! Those stupid edits for en-mass ruined it! Beautiful film when seen in its intended original
Watched in March 2011
Lawrence Talbot is contacted by his brother's fiancee after he is brutally murdered and Lawrence returns to his Father and his childhood home on Blackmoor, where it appears something is terrorizing the community. During an attack Lawrence is bitten by the mysterious beast and learns that he is know on a full moon a blood thirsty werewolf.
Unable to control is urges upon the full moon he run rampant killing and ripping his victims to pieces. Eventually he is caught and put on display infront of doctors on a full moon where one doctor is determined to prove that Lawrence suffers severe delusions, but he is wrong and Lawrence transforms once again with a dire outcome.…
Kind of a slow burner but it doesn't take away the fact that all the parts with the actual "Wolfman" are really really entertaining. Emily Blunt was still super attractive in 2010 and the special effects are pretty great. The transformation in the mental hospital is really amazing too. Overall it's an enjoyable movie, I just don't see myself watching it again.
Watched the Extended DC.
Well, the look fantastic. Set-Dressing, costumes, props, make up, lighting, photography - all simply amazing. That being said it is kinda sad that this one is a wasted opportunity. Sure, it has a lot of connections to the original Wolfman and lots and lots of well made blood and gore.
But plotwise it is just flawed as fu**. Cheesy dialouge meets logical nonesense meets a forced lovestory meets a not-working Ripper-crossover and a miscasted Benicio Del Toro in the lead role. So all together you got yourself a great looking story mess of about 2 hours running time.
Bad script, mediocre CGI but good ambiance and great violence (I sound like a maniac).
Mediocre effects aside, The Wolfman is an entertaining creature feature with good performances (del Toro especially) and a palpable attention to its period.
My god, this is so... dull.
This movie focuses on the wrong things. That sermon about evil and sinners and all that shit? Who cares?
There's never any mystery, because why else bring in Anthony Hopkins. There are flashes of things. Coming. At. Your. FACE. That's shit. This is Gothic horror, but period costumes and darkness don't automatically give something a creepy atmosphere.
If it wanted me to care about the drama, the acting shouldn't have been so wooden. All these named actors, and they're all sleepwalking through the movie. If they seem bored, why should I be riveted?
Ugh, Universal needs to stop trying to remake their monster movies.
I just wanted to see Emily and Benicio kiss after Sicario
Pretty horrendous but gets the 2 stars for SOME of the effects and the atmosphere. Otherwise, a total letdown and almost depressing, especially if you're a fan of the original. Just one bad decision after another here.
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