AHHH, The Wolfman was soo good! It had all the elements of a good monster, horror movie … gore, ass kicking werewolves, atmosphere, suspense, and just a touch of romance.
The movie is a remake of the 1941 movie of the same name. Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro) returns to his hometown after hearing of his brother’s disappearance. Not soon after arriving his brother’s body is found ravaged by some type of psycho killer. Lawrence stays to solve the murder mystery while also swooning his late brother’s fiancée Gwen (Emily Blunt). And I’m not really revealing much when I say the monster turns out to be a werewolf and Lawrence eventually becomes one.
The acting really was superb in his movie. Del Toro is a quality actor and was looking good! He hasn’t really been in much since Things We Lost in the Fire from 2007. Emily Blunt is another great actress. I love that she’s getting more and more roles as of recently. The Devil Wears Prada, Wind Chill and Sunshine Cleaning are some of my favorites of hers. The growing attraction between Del Toro and Blunt’s characters was really convincing on-screen. But they had to struggle with the fact that they just lost a close family member, and dealing with the kind of ‘forbidden’ love. Anthony Hopkins plays Lawrence’s father and did a great job playing the mean, mysterious father-type with an interesting past. The movie was directed by Joe Johnson, who has quite a few films under his belt including the classic Jumanji, October Sky, and Hildago.
I haven’t seen the original The Wolfman but a close friend has and said the remake was a great homage to the original. The special effects of the transformation from human to werewolf were sweet. I thought it was as realistic as it could be. The creepy atmosphere of Lawrence’s huge mansion was very dark and fit the mood. I think if you are looking for a fun monster movie you will certainly not be disappointed with The Wolfman.