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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.
One of those modern horror movies that depends on jumps and CG fuelled action rather than chills.
Disappointing really. A good return to the creepy Universal monster movies could be great.
Lifeless and dull for the most part. And Joe Johnston movies are usually so much fun. There are a couple of scenes I really like, but I have no desire to ever see this again.
Visceral. Um ótimo adjetivo para um filme que não tem medo de mostrar a verdadeira natureza de um animal selvagem, sua viscerosidade e raiva, que emanam de seu instinto.
"The Wolfman", enche os olhos com sua produção, ambientação e efeitos especiais muito bem trabalhados. Consegue também, apesar de não seguir exatamente o cânone do clássico de 1941, entregar uma história coerente, dentro do possível. Alguns clichês, obviamente, mas que não rebaixam a intenção do diretor Joe Jonhston de dar vida a uma lenda milenar.
At least the costumes were nice.
What the fuck did I just watch?
I'm constantly astonished by how some directors can take actors this talented and produce garbage like this film.
One of the most outstanding werewolf films I've seen in a long time.
A very exciting Gothic wolf-man/werewolf film! An excellent version of the classic wolf-man tale. The story is well told so it makes the film well worth watching!
The Gothic setting made the film extremely eerie! The set, scenery and costuming are all gorgeous and well designed. The acting is A+... superior to most werewolf and horror film I've ever seen.
This movie quickly became a personal favorite - one I would recommend to anyone for a good action packed movie.
It is kind of a mess.
This is a remake of the 1941 original of the same name, this time around with Benicio Del Toro in the lead, with Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving and Emily Blunt in support. Lawrence Talbot (Del Toro) is a stage actor that returns to his family's estate in Blackmoor. Seems that something is roaming the woods of Blackmoor at night, eviscerating the locals, including Lawrence's brother Ben. As Lawrence looks into the circumstances surrounding his brother's death, he soon finds out that it's a werewolf stalking the countryside and he becomes one of its victims. The film attempts to be visually very faithful to the original, complete with make-up based on what Lon Chaney Jr. wore, but there are several deviations…
A mishapen film that constantly misses the mark. Is it hammer horror, or high fantasy, or hollywood blockbuster. None of the above. Joe Johnston, the worst candidate for this film, imbues it with his typical, formulaic hollow charm.
It does nothing with England's setting, nothing to challenge the origin story of the Wolfman or the excellent smart SFX from American Werewolf in London, or it's tight cast that individually are great but together form a poor ensemble.
A wasted opportunity with bad SFX gags, poor choices from teeth to tail, bland dialogue and being far too modern to be old and far to old to be modern.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…