The Wolfman (2010) Movie Review
When Universal Studios decided to re-make their 1941 classic with the same name it ran into more troubles than one. The film was first supposed to be directed by Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) then it passed on to Brett Ratner (Rush Hour) and a few more hands before landing up with Joe Johnston (Jumanji, Jurassic Park III). Post filming there were issues with the outcome that few scenes were re-shot and followed by some FX troubles and finally the expectations of a classic being re-made was eventually missing. The final product after overcoming so many hurdles is not that impressive and the poor re-recording and shabby editing is there for everyone to witness.
The movie rolls with the mysterious death of Ben Talbot (Simon Merrells) being attacked by a beast like creature. Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro) who happens to be the brother of Ben returns to the estate after many years where he once lived with his dad Sir John Talbot (Anthony Hopkins) to unravel the mystery behind the sudden disappearance of his brother.
Lawrence then comes to know of the killing of his brother by a beast like creature and when he decides to dig deep into the mystery fate decides otherwise and he gets bitten by the same beast. As Lawrence recuperates from the injury he is taken care by his dead brother’s fiancée Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt). The twist in the tale or rather the mystery in the tale comes too soon than expected (especially for those who have not viewed the 1941 version) and when Lawrence gets himself transformed into a gigantic wolf like creature on a full moon day all hell break loose and post that Lawrence undergoes too much suffering until he resurfaces again on another full moon day.
In the end when Lawrence finds out the mystery (which by then is no mystery to the audience) he decides to set things right which culminates into a melodramatic finish. The movie’s major backdrop is the dark thematic lighting the makers have chosen to portray the story which could have been handled in a better way. Music looks too choppy and in some scenes its a huge let down.
Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt who are more or less like the lead pair in the film courtesy the subtle romance between them in the storyline have given a mature performance and Anthony Hopkins as the father of Lawrence and Ben apart from being a key link in unraveling the mystery is not been utilized properly.
Screenplay writers Andrew Kevin Walker and David Self have missed an opportunity to make this film more intriguing to the viewers and director Joe Johnston should pat himself for the reason that the film had finally made it to the screens comparing the mess it was when started.
“The Wolfman” – a 1941 classic ends up being butchered in the name of re-make.