Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins
Directed by: Joe Johnston
Today on a day off of work, I decided to go to the mall, to check out the new “Wolfman” movie and to do some shopping. Yes, I did pick up the new “Bioshock 2” video game and a few other little things.
Here is my review:
Plot/synopsis: This film is a remake of the 1941 famous horror film, “The Wolf Man” which the original was directed by George Waggner and starred, Claude Raines as Sir John Talbot and Lon Chaney as the Lawrence Talbot/the Wolf Man. The remake stars Benicio Del Torro as Lawrence Talbot/the Wolfman and Anthony Hopkins plays Sir John Talbot. The remake pretty much has the same plot as the original. It is where Lawrence Talbot (Del Toro) returns home to visit his father after a terrible family tragedy. Lawrence is bitten by something which he ends up turning into a werewolf himself. The only difference is that the original doesn’t go for the search of Talbot’s brother like the remake did.
This film is getting mixed opinions with critics online. It’s another one of those films that you either love or hate. Me? I liked it quite a lot!!! While the story and plot is a little different from the original, the film did stay true to the 1941 version! In my opinion, the remake is very much like an action movie more than horror. Benicio Del Toro is an actor who don’t play leading roles much. He mostly played supporting roles throughout his career. I believe this is Benicio’s first big leading role in a mainstream film. So people should respect this movie for that. I thought Benicio did a fine job. Anthony Hopkins is always an amazing actor as usual as he did a fine job in this movie too. It was brilliant seeing Benicio and Anthony together.
It’s very much like the original ’cause the movie is dark. It does borrow some scenes from the original, but the reason this version is a little different ’cause I believe Joe Johnston just wanted his vision. Remakes don’t have to be exactly the same. Rob Zombie made the “Halloween” series totallly different from the originals and he greatily succeeded. So don’t get mad at Joe for making, “The Wolf Man” a little different. In the remake you still get to see the Wolf Man running around in dark fog and seeing gypsies like the original, and yes, you get to see the Wolfman falling in love with a woman like the original. Most of the movie stayed true to the original except they changed the ending a little bit.
What makes it better that the great Danny Elfman scored the movie which the score is awesome. Plus, the sounds effects of the movie were pretty loud and insane. It’s not a bad movie that people are making it out to be. Benicio was so cool in this and I hope he stars in more horror flicks ’cause he’s good at it!
Score for “The Wolf Man” remake = *** (3 stars as in “excellent”)