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The Wolfman
Monday, 15 February 2010 12:29
The WolfmanIn this timely remake of the 1941 Lon Chaney classic, they got the fur and teeth right but they forgot a pulse! The Wolfman is all hot breath but spouts boring dialogue.

With a stellar cast including the likes of Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins I have to wonder how it even went wrong. The film isn’t that bad really, it’s just bland. The foggy, gray moors that set the scene have more personality than Del Toro’s character Lawrence, a stage actor who returns home to his father’s estate after his brother’s disappearance. When he arrives his brother’s body has been found horribly mutilated by a beast, and the townsfolk are spreading superstitious gossip about a terrifying creature.

Benicio Del Toro as The WolfmanOf course Lawrence ventures out alone on a full moon, ignoring the advice of his somewhat creepy father. Daddy seems to know more than he’s letting on, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out most of this film before it happens. Lawrence gets bitten and the struggle between man and beast begins.

It’s a classic tale of horror, so predictability is a non-issue. Fact is that this movie is just a little bit boring and moves too slowly. By the time the action starts and it gets more exciting we’re snoozing in our seats.

Del Toro, Blunt and HopkinsThough the movie may be flawed, but some of it is very well done such as the transformation to werewolf scenes which are suitably grotesque. The Wolfman’s appearance is very similar to his 1940’s archetype and though it may look a bit silly by today’s standards I’m glad they stayed true to the original design using makeup and prosthetics, rather than going with an entirely computer generated design. The art direction is another high point showcasing some beautiful sets, costumes and cinematography.

 

 

INFOKERNALS:

Benicio Del Toro’s first movie role was as “Duke the dog-faced boy” in Big Top Pee Wee!

Del Toro’s makeup as The Wolfman took about 3 hours to apply.