Film Review | The Wolfman

The Wolfman
The Wolfman

Plot: Upon his return to his ancestral homeland, an American man is bitten, and subsequently cursed by a werewolf – The Wolfman.

Director: Joe Johnston

Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving

Genre: Fantasy/Horror

Release Date: February 2010

George Waggner’s 1941 The Wolf Man may well be one of the very first horror masterpieces. Johnston’s 2010 reboot, on the other hand, is not only forgettable but also incredibly pointless.

The Wolfman

Revolving around Lawrence Talbot (Del Toro) a renowned Shakespearean actor who has travelled back to England from America following on from the mysterious death of his brother Ben. Once back he is reunited with his ageing father, Sir John Talbot (Hopkins), who seems oddly unaffected by the death of his son, all while Gwen Conliffe (Blunt), the former fiance of Ben tries her hardest to not only escape the manor house but also the pain of Ben’s death.

Not a lot, but there are some good points in The Wolfman. Both Del Toro and Hopkins are fantastic as always, both capturing their characters in the same effortless way and committing to their roles completely. Blunt is also solid as Gwen, especially given how limited as the character was.

Benicio Del Toro in The Wolfman (2010)
The Wolfman

The set design was also top notch, reminding me of the great gothic films of the 60s such as The Haunting, The Legend of Hell House or even Sleepy Hollow.

With the good things out of the way, let’s move onto the bad. My biggest issue is the writing, not only was the dialogue clunky and overly melodramatic but also laughter inducing in places there.

Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt in The Wolfman (2010)

One of the best things about the original Wolf Man was the great plot and character design, both of which in the reboot was an afterthought, with terrible CGI imagery throughout and a seemingly random plot that feels like one set-piece after set-piece almost like a bad theatre production.

But by far the worst thing about the film is that it was marketed as a horror movie., yet bad CGI wolves mincing around the countryside or the London skyline wasn’t scary in the slightest, in much the same way as Guillermo del Toro‘s 2015 Crimson Peak, and when we get something resembling violence or a fight scene, the film falls into the same trap as the Transformers films, with it being a blur of computer-generated bodies flying around the screen.

Hugo Weaving in The Wolfman (2010)

Even though you can watch this film on streaming services, I still struggle to find a reason to watch the film other than to pass the time, with The Wolfman joining Crimson Peak and Mama in the group of films that might look good but fail to live up to their potential, with this film being worse due to the fact it crapped all over the original to make such a waste of time.

Rating: 1 out of 5.

If you liked: Woman in Black, Sleepy Hollow, Stoker



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