Friday, February 12, 2010

The Wolfman

Summary: In late 19th century London, Lawrence Talbot (Bencio Del Toro), the prodigal son of Sir John Talbot (Anthony Hopkins), is summoned home due to the violent murder of his brother by a mysterious beast. While investigating, Del Toro is bitten by the creature, thus changing his world forever.

Plot (B): This plot line is practically the same in comparison to the original 1941 version. This is always pleasant to see with any remake since so many things can go wrong. With that said, the beginning was a little slow to start and I yearned for more captivating dialogue in between action scenes. Don’t get me
wrong the story is interesting but I expected a little bit more.

Action (A): He rips. He bites. He slashes his victims leaving them disemboweled and decapitated! The action will not leave you wanting more. You will be fully satisfied.

Acting & Dialogue (B-): Even though Del Toro and Hopkins are both Oscar winners I wanted something more from them. They somewhat created a unenergetic aura when the Wolfman wasn’t present. Perhaps those are just the characters, reserved but self-tortured. However, each time Del Toro turns into the Wolfman he does an excellent job resuscitating the story and its momentum. It is not easy to mimic the behavior of an animal, especially when you take your job as serious as Del Toro and try to lick and smell your own balls in order to fully get into character.

Sex Appeal (6): I’m giving this a 6 because there was a great side boob shot of Emily Blunt. Let’s be honest who doesn’t like some good side boob? I do. Unless it’s followed by some full frontal boobs, which will make me forget about the side boob. Wooooooooooo!

Make-up (A+): Rick Baker is an amazing make-up artist and is the Beethoven or Mozart of his field. Baker’s resume is chalk full of great creations. For example, he did the make-up for An American Werewolf in London (which is so damn good), the “Thriller” video, Star Wars, Coming to America, Hellboy, and so much more. On average it took him four hours to put Del Toro in full make-up each time. Great work Rick!

Director (B): Joe Johnston, whose films include: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Jumanjii, Jurassic Park III, and the up-coming The First Avenger: Captain America, created a worthy remake of the famous horror classic. When working with such talent as Del Toro, Hopkins, and Hugo Weaving I guess you have to check your balls at the door because they’re in charge, especially when Del Toro is the producer.

Overall: B


  1. I'm shocked that you gave make-up an A+. I'm in the business and was really disappointed!

    Maybe I'm just to critical coz its what I do.

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  3. I hear you. I can be critical of certain things, especially in movies, when I have a personal connection to it as well.

    However, Baker has been down this road before and to the untrained eye many would say his work is very good.