The Wolfman-Movie Review by Keith Kelly

The Wolfman-Movie Review by Keith Kelly


jbjbq The Wolfman has all the ingredients
for a great werewolf movie: well cast actors including Benedico del Toro, and Anthony Hopkins,
a decent director in Joe Johnson who brought us Jurrasic Park 3, moody gothic buildings
and landscapes, and pretty good make-up and CG work on the beasts. Even with all that,
this movie is just O.K., and NOT a horror classic. The Wolfman reminded me a lot of
another attempt to reimagine a Universal Studios classic character- Bram Stoker s Dracula , which
was directed by Francis Ford Coppolla. Like Dracula, Wolman has imagination and style,
but falls flat in many places. This two-hour film takes way too long to get rolling into
the good stuff, and would have been much stronger if they took the scissors to the slow, ponderous
talky scenes, and added on more of the Wolfman causing mayhem. The creature himself has a
pretty cool design, and looks much like the Wolfman from the 1941 classic starring Lon
Chaney, Jr. This is the way I prefer my werewolves-looking like an equal mix of wolf and man-not like
some species of super-wolf on mega steroids. There were some other plusses in this flick-the
transformation scenes, and the action in the asylum were both fun to watch, and Anthony
Hopkins was interestingly quirky as the Wolfman s daddy. Emily Blunt is the female lead, who
doesn t have much to do other than looking sad and doe-eyed. I didn t quite understand
the attraction between her and Del Toro, who resembles the werewolf even when he is not
in make up, and mostly stands around looking somber. Unfortunately, The Wolfman is the
kind of movie that ultimately disappoints you in the theatre. It tries hard to earn
your $10, but falls short in the end. Wait until it comes out on DVD, or better yet,
rent American Werewolf in London instead-it s much more gory and funny. Keith Kelly keith
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