Directed by: Joe Johnston
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt and Anthony Hopkins
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"This is a thoroughly biased review - it's Del Toro for criminey!"
- Emily Blunt
speaking? Perhaps I should have been more specific when
I paid that gypsy gal in East
Prussia to whip up that love potion. I asked for Emily Blunt
and Benidio Del Toro to kiss. They do. The other talented Ms. Blunt
– and just within a film. Drat (for both of us at this point).
plundering mystical herb brew aside, one – who notices such
things – can’t help but see the resemblance between
a young Lon
Chaney Jr. and Benicio.
So casting is brilliant in this remake by Universal - the King of
the monster movies - before CGI's capabilities made the elders look
like fur suited actors snarling at Mr. DeMille et al.
goes… a curse is upon the man who has been marked by the beast.
When the moon is full and the Wolfbane is in bloom…he absafuckinlutely
rips people to shreds. This is no rabid poodle - be aware for the
a short time after Jack the Ripper was headline news when actor
extraordinaire, Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro) is summons to
his childhood home - a 40409309 room castle upon the moor.
been asked by his long-lost brother’s wife Gwen (Emily
Blunt). Apparently, her husband has disappearred and she wishes
Lawrence would help them search...
okay. But they have to get Larry there to get the story going.
old family tension awaiting. Larry’s dad (Anthony Hopkins)
is not on what you’d call great terms with the long-away son.
In fact daddy dearest had his son sent away long ago after he witnessed
a terrible death (<- a clever way to explain Benicio’s
lack of British anything and the fore-mentioned unknown sister inlaw
note one supposes...move on)
as the film is swiftly gathering momentum, faster than Lawrence
can notice Gwen’s a looker and give the audience a few flashback
scenes of what happened long ago, he’s bitten by some kind
of furry beast outside the local creepy gypsy camp.
no surprises comin' here. The story is well known. There are a couple
twists of the yarn that do not muck up the tale some of us adore.
For the original Wolfman fans they've been sure to have a few subtle
nods that will make you grin with glee. For new viewers (and generations),
Universal has rebooted the iconic man-wolf from their history.
give you true of heart. Mine for BDT. Benicio is delectable in these
frames. Sure, there’s not a British drop running through those
six foot two Latin DNA strands – and that’s not a bad
thing as far as this man-lovin’ feline is concerned. Sir Hopkins
is his usual spot on word-wielding self. And Ms. Blunt is very PBS-y
in that, “Someone get a skinny proper-looking era wench on
set now!” She’s good but the film (thank God) is The
Wolfman, not, Teen Wolf.
Snack recommendation: Gypsy goulash
with a glass of pub-style ale