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This is easily one of the best gothic horror movies to come out in the last twenty years. Sir Anthony Hopkins' presence would dominate the screen if it weren't for the outstandingly high caliber performances from Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt to match. Dark cinematography is used to gorgeous effect not only to create a palpable atmosphere but also to cleverly mask some of the dodgier moments of CGI. Despite their best efforts, the scene at the end relies too heavily on technology that wasn't quite there. Still, if you like the theme, the throwback to old monster movies, or even just the rich landscape of nineteenth century England populated by interesting characters, then you owe it to yourself to give this one a watch.
Content warning: gore
Closest comparison: It's an update to an old classic that improves upon the original.
A bloody picture that really blends slower burn drama and I enjoyed Bencios performance. I wish they just went with this film as the the first in the monster universe. Gory and fun
I love it! I've watched it many times!
It did just fine nothing amazing but a good cast and suspense.
Dir: Joe Johnston
Runtime: 1hr 43mins
Synopsis: Upon his return to his ancestral homeland, an American man is bitten, and subsequently cursed by a werewolf.
Okay sooooo I've seen this film before but I'm trying to go back and watch some films I've already seen and write good reviews on them. After rewatching and realizing that this is actually a remake of the original "Wolfman" which I have not seen btw; I think as for sticking to the basis of the character they did great. The story wasn't too dynamic that you couldn't see certain twists coming but at the same time ends I suppose the way the film is supposed to end. I mean in my opinion I enjoyed the ending of the film. It's the regular story of pretty much any werewolf story arc; you have a character usually and American man, which other films have used the same basis; then take said character and turn him into a werewolf with him being bitten in some way. Drastic fight between knowing he's a monster etc. and of course a dramatic end. Oh and there is usually some kind of love interest. Well for the most part of werewolf films. Some are just gorefests.
Okay so as for the specifics I think the costume design was great, looked very similar to the original Wolfman by still keeping him looking like a man that has morphed into a wolf. My all time favorite version of any werewolf is from "Van Helsing" with Hugh Jackman. Great look and the transformations are amazing. For this they used a cross between practical effects and CGI which being made in 2010 turned out well considering it's like the time in film that CGI is really starting to get ahold of things. Didn't make the werewolf completely CGI which I loved bc it gave a certain realness. Obviously there are a few scenes where a complete CGI werewolf is used for certain movements but anything up close you could see it's a guy in makeup. It's a very dark film so they can get away with a lot of the practical effects without coming off too cheesy. There was "plenty of gore" and I say plenty because it was just enough that it wasn't over the top not needed kind of stuff. It was just enough to give it a modern horror element that I think was mastered beautifully in this film. The acting which of course has a pretty outstanding cast; was of its time. If I'm not mistaken Benincio Del Toro has a Hispanic accent usually and he used this "American" accent perfectly. Especially considering the film is supposed to take place in England. Great score done by the amazing Danny Elfman which he's always been great with this dark kind of film. Music builds up when it needs to and falls out when it's not needed.
My overall thoughts on the film is that it's one that I will probably own at some point in time. It's unfortunate that the "monster universe" won't happen because "The Mummy" was a flop. This almost resembles "Dracula Untold" which was like more of a romance than it was a horror film. If I could have seen this in theaters I would of. Recommend this for anyone that's into practical effects or old school horror because it has all the elements needed to compete.
Quite a drama inspired take on the werewolf story. I find yhe actors giving quite strong performances, Benicio del torro and Antony Hopkins especially . Also the camera work is appropriatly gloomy and some well done gory effects .
Horror and cruelty.
Joe Johnston's The Wolfman (2010) is a horror thriller that captures the despair and helplessness that comes along with lycanthropy. The werewolf make-up from Dave Elsey is amazing with his hairy and frightening practical effects. The CGI is mostly believable, but is more detailed than realistic.
Benicio del Toro is remarkable as the doomed protagonist. His depression and uncertainty are apparent with del Toro's strong performance.
Sir Anthony Hopkins is terrifying as usual with his deadly presence and intimidating stature. Hopkins uses his growl like voice alongside his stocky frame works to unnerve you every scene.
Emily Blunt is lovely and endearing as the tragically fated love of del Toro.
Hugo Weaving is very charming and funny as the detective hunting down the werewolf. All the acting in The Wolfman is top notch.
Johnston's direction is interesting and fast paced. He captures natural reactions next to his scary horror sequences and action moments. Danny Elfman's eerie score complements Johnston's steadfast direction beautifully. The Wolfman could have used more of its excellent family drama, but Johnston mostly eludes to del Toro's past instead of bringing the horror to life.
I wish there were more of the great family drama established and the insane asylum past to del Toro's character. The scenes that disturbed me the most were del Toro and Hopkins speaking with each other as well as del Toro committed to the asylum. The werewolf segments seem dated, even if the make-up itself looks great. The vivid transformation scenes are excellent and gripping, but the CGI is dated too. The Wolfman is entertaining and well made for the time, but parts are dated.
Nicely produced homage to the original horror classic, concerning atmosphere and the creature's appearance, offers great cinematography and period detail and a star cast, although it's a far cry from the original's impact.
I don't understand the bad review. I thought it was better than that. I would give it a 65% on the Tomatometer
Really enjoyed the movie, especially the uncut version, also had the feeling that it was about two monsters, the one from folklore and the real one , I came to th is conclusion as the film also references indirectly Jack the Ripper and made me think that the character Lawrence Talbot was also Jack the Ripper, this goes back to speculation at the time of the Ripper murders that he was an American actor and he had left and never been caught. If you think about it, Lawrence Talbot is an actor, who's lived in America and he was in London during the Ripper murders. Any way just a theory