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So today being a day off, I braved the mall with all the preteen love birds taking their dates out for Valentines day whatever. I decided to watch Wolfman starring Benecio Del Toro, Hugo Weaving, and Anthony Hopkins. This movie is a remake of the 1941 classic movie of the same name. There are a few things altered and changed, yet it doesn't distract from the movie. The werewolf special FX are done by the same person who did the American werewolf in London, as well as transformed Michael Jackson in Thriller. It also had a score done by Danny Elfman.

Benecio Del Toro plays the lead character of the name (yep you guessed it, if not you will know now) Lawrence Talbot. In this version of the movie set in the late 1880's, Lawrence Talbot is called back to the estate of his estranged family in England by his soon to be sister in law due to an unexplained disappearance of his brother. Lawrence had been touring the United States as a Shakespearean troubadour performing Hamlet. When Lawrence heeds the letter, he finds the estate to be in a dilapidated state, and is greeted by his fathers guard dog Samson.

The house is lit by various candles in sconces and candelabras casting the interior of the building in a strange, moody, and eerie fashion. Anthony Hopkins makes his appearance as John Talbot, Lawrence father. His father claims to be glad his son is back, yet seems slightly distant. Lawrence is then introduced to his fathers manservant Singh at this time. The tension in the air between Lawrence and his father ultimately causing Lawrence to leave hangs in the air but for a brief moment as the story pushes along. Lawrence goes to where his brother's body is kept prior to burial, and his body had been severely ravaged by some unknown beast.

Finding a strange amulet in his brothers possessions he discovers a charm created and made by a gypsey in the area. He seeks her out, to find the answers of his brothers death, after hearing tales in a local pub concerning beasts or hell spawn roaming the moor's.

Needless to say, during the investigation, the werewolf attacks. There are some gruesome scenes throughout, yet the wolf man creature himself is done in the style of the original 1941 film. Benecio is bitten and he spends a month before his transformation, healing of his wounds. Since he has spent decades out of the village he is essentially an outsider, and stranger in his own town. Rumors abound and a constable from Scotland Yard stops by to ask questions. The Lawman is played ever so splendidly by Hugo Weaving. Agent Smith from the Matrix, or Elrond from Lord of the Rings.

The mob gets whipped up into a frenzy against him, due to him being a stranger even though he has not had his first transformation yet. The church preacher preaches about the beast of the devil and some of the townsfolk go about setting up a trap on the night of the full moon, to bring about, church justice. Lets just say, it doesn't go in their favor at all.

You find out throughout the movie why Lawrence left home to begin with. He had witnessed the suicide of his mother who lay dead in his fathers arms due to razor lascerations. His father John had then sent him to an asylum because he felt that it would be best for a young Lawrence who had witnessed this horrific scene to get the proper help. Now remember, this is the late 1800's so their treatment of the ill wasn't up to today's code.

They end up sending Lawrence back to the asylum because of his belief that he is a werewolf. The doctor tortures him by dunking him in ice cold water while tied to a chair, as well as electrocution. Not at the same time. The doctor flaunts Lawrence to his colleagues as well as the detective from Scotland yard at the time of the full moon. There is some werewolf munching going on as these men are horrified by the transformation. The movie then builds into it's climax.

This movie was, a dark and brooding story with great special effects that weren't overly done. I have read several reviews from people that said Benecio Del Toro, and Anthony Hopkins talents had been wasted on this film. They also had said the story was lacking. I would have to disagree. The story did take some time to unfold, and yes you felt a little awkward with the fact that his brothers fiancee had now fallen in love with Lawrence. With that being said, I thought everyone involved had done a fairly well done performance. There aren't really any surprises in the movie, I believe the release of the information in the way of flash backs, dreams, and madness induced by Lawrence's torture was fairly well done.

I would have to say that this movie is now in my top 3 werewolf movies. The other two being Dog Soldiers, and Bad Moon.

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joecrotch
Feb. 15th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
Rad! I wanna see.
reverendjimbob
Feb. 16th, 2010 08:33 am (UTC)
They had even thrown in what I presume to be a replica of the cane from the original Wolfman movie. It would be even cooler if they managed to obtain the original for the sake of filming. I definitely want to see it again since I had been awake nearly 24 hours before seeing it so I would catch myself drifting and then force myself awake. So I imagine there are a few things I have missed.
reverendjimbob
Jun. 4th, 2010 06:11 am (UTC)
Picked up the DVD last Friday for the movie. The special features are rather disappointing, only a few deleted scenes or extended scenes. Other then that it's still a damn fine movie.
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