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The Wolfman (DVD)
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The Wolfman (DVD)
Advantages: Great cast, amazing transformations
Disadvantages: Looked more like a circus chimp than a werewolf
After leaving his sleepy home town after a distressing childhood, Lawrence Talbot never returned fearing the memories of his mother's death would haunt him. But when his brother's fiancée, Gwen, writes to him about his brother's disappearance, Lawrence reluctantly returns home to help with the search. But his arrival is greeted with the news that his brother's body has been found and he was viciously killed by some sort of monster.
So Lawrence takes it upon himself to hunt down the monster that killed his brother, not realising that he is walking directly into the path of a very true and dangerous myth. Not only will his return home bring Lawrence love and danger, but a revelation about his past that will bring the monster directly to him.
~ Cast ~
Lawrence Talbot - Benicio Del Toro
Sir John Talbot - Anthony Hopkins
Gwen Conliffe - Emily Blunt
Abberline - Hugo Weaving
I have never seen the original classic Wolfman but I knew the general story and the trailers had made this new adaptation look really good.
The transformations of human into werewolf were amazing and they actually made the whole process like look entirely real. The feet gradually became longer and thinner and the hands turned into claws with long pointy nails. None of this looked at all fake and I was very impressed with the special effects. However, the outcome of the werewolf was completely unconvincing and this kind of ruined the whole feel of the film for me.
My idea of a werewolf is a scary looking creature with a long pointy nose, pointy ears and general scary image. The werewolf in this film looked more like a combination of a very hairy human (especially when the clothes were still intact) pretty much like the wolfman who has been seen on documentaries on TV, a circus chimp - a kind of cute looking rounded hairy faced thing jumping up and down, or the Yetti. I'm not sure which one exactly it was but I thought of all of these when looking at the werewolf rather than thinking of an actual werewolf. He was killing all these people and tearing them all to pieces but the creature just didn't look scary.
Apart from that quite major factor, the rest of the film was done very well. The beginning of the film where a werewolf was attacking innocent people was excellent - the werewolf was so quick and vicious and some scenes there would be someone standing there one moment and not there the next - the wolf was so quick to snatch him that you didn't even see it happening. The setting in the 1800's was also done very well and everything looked very old-fashioned from the landscape to costumes and buildings.
All of the acting was brilliant especially from Benicio del Toro who very convincingly played the kind-hearted human as well as the ravaging werewolf.
Emily Blunt suited her role very well too playing the broken-hearted woman who has lost her fiancé who then ends up falling for her dead fiancé's brother who just happens to be a werewolf. I would have liked to have seen the relationship develop a little more with these two though as they seemed to go from just meeting to being in love and it all seemed to be rather quick.
Anthony Hopkins's character seemed rather mean and distant which meant that I didn't take a liking to him and you could tell straight away where the story was going to go with his character. The part did suit him perfectly though with that calm and = reserved manner that he has in most of his films.
I was expecting more from this to be honest as the trailers and publicity that it's had made me think it was going to be a knockout film. I did enjoy it but the fact that the monster looked like a silly circus chimp rather than a hideous and scary werewolf has put me on the fence and I'm not sure which way to go on it now.
Running time: 102 minutes
Certificate rating: 15
Director: Joe Johnston
Summary: You'll have to see it yourself to decide