Tuesday, February 16, 2010

02-13-10: Wolfman doesn't have nards!

THE WOLFMAN (2010) **1/2
D: Joe Johnston. S: Benicio DelToro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving.

A noble effort by all to bring the classic tale back to the big screen but ultimately it doesn't have much bite.

Lawrence Talbot returns home to investigate the brutal murder of his death.   He encounters the deadly beast, is bitten and according to legend will become a beast himself.

When the visual effects doesn't over rely on CGI they are quite good.  Rick Baker, creator of the legendary make up for An American Werewolf in London, is behind the latest incarnation.  The make up looks great but it loses much when the wolfman changes to CGI for more complex action.

Unfortunately you find that you really don't care at all about anyone and would just assume see them all dead.   There were some pretty cool moments but overall they aren't enough to save the film.

When it ends, you just shrug your shoulders and go hmmm.

It's unfair to compare the film to something like American Werewolf but if you throw out the humor you find characters to you genuinely care about.  If they did that here, the film may have been better.

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