The Wolfman Review

Along with Clash of the Titans, this was the first remake I was looking forward last year before the project got pushed back and so on, and so on.

The 1941 film recited the classic poem too many times but thankfully they get through it in the first 5 minutes. Although Benicio Del Toro resembles Clifford Evans from Hammer’s Curse of the Werewolf, he still manages to channel some of Lon Channey Jr. Rick Baker’s make up worked well with the atmosphere, cinematography and tone.

The result of the 17 minutes of footage removed from the final cut, the beginning of the film is severely rushed. You hardly have time to get to know the characters before crucial things happen. Hopefully in an extended cut will come out on DVD so it can breath a little bit more.

But my main problem with the movie is in the aftermath of the psychic episode in the asylum and the escape afterward, Talbot still maintains a rational state of mind, to which in prenotions, the torture and endless amounts of shock therapy would be the last straw for him to give into his inner beast.

Geraldine Chaplin as Maleva (to which they mispronounced her name I might add) is severely underused. The character loses her role of surgent mother to Lawrence that Maria Ouspenskaya brought to the role.

The early revelation of Sir John being a wolf, which I knew beforehand from the trailers leading up to release, the end battle started with them running all fours into a collison course was just bad. A result of the reshoots by stunt coordinator, Vic Armstrong.

A small nitpick is when Larry follows Sir John to the cellar under the monstary, he doesn’t transform right there under the full moon.

Overall, I did enjoy it. I look forward to Guillermo Del Toro’s Frankenstein that’s in development and a Creature from The Black Lagoon return to the big screen in the hopefully near future.

Rating: 7