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Wolfman Remake Lacks Bite of Original

The Wolfman is the familiar tale of some poor doomed soul, cursed to transform by the light of a full moon into a man-killing monster known as a Werewolf. Oscar Winner Benicio Del Toro stars as Lawrence Talbot the aforementioned tortured soul and Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins as Lawrence’s mysterious and unnerving father.  Lawrence has been estranged from his family since his mother’s death. It is not until he receives a letter from his brother’s fiancée Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt) asking him for assistance in finding her missing love that he returns home and is reunited with his father. It is while searching for his brother that Lawrence is attacked, and forever after cursed to walk to the earth with a man-eating beast inside him. The plot is moved along by Lawrence’s struggle to come to terms with the reality of his situation, and the gruesome truth behind his mother’s death.  Anthony Hopkins is famous for his portrayals of creepy, even terrifying old men. In this film he does not disappoint, despite the fact that Mr. Hopkins is a perfectly agreeably human being.  His role as Burt Monroe, an eccentric but loveable old man in The Fastest Indian is more true to Hopkins own personality. In multiply interviews Hopkins admits he liked the change of character, not having to be some sort of strange face-eating maniac.  Nevertheless, the role of menacing older man suits him well and he plays it to the fullest in The Wolfman.But like everything else in this movie, it is to be expected. This remake lacks the flare of the original. For one thing, the story is so well known that there is no suspense. Instead of wondering about it, you’re merely waiting for the wolf.  And when he does finally appear it’s a little disappointing. The morphing scenes are not as awesome as they look in the trailers. Personally I like my werewolves to be more wolf than man in appearance: in this movie he ends up just looking like a giant hairy guy.  The violent natiure of the attacks is alluded to, but they are a little bland for my taste. I expected a lot more blood and gore, and less time passing scenes, and the development of a love story between Lawrence and Gwen.  Another thing that really took me out of the story was the incongruousness of the werewolf’s size and strength. At some points he is extremely fast and at others normal people are keeping pace. Sometimes he looks taller, and is stronger than others, and the way his feet change would suggest that the creature would be incapable of bipedal motion. The costuming was strange as well. It was hard to place the time period and something about it just didn’t seem authentic. Aside from a few jolt scenes, you know long silent build-ups to a boom type deal, the film does little to engage the viewer and though these werewolves were a lot more brutal than those Twilight punks, they still left a lot to be desired in the way of carnage and bloodshed.

About the Contributor
Jacob Aguiar served as the following positions for The Mass media the following years: News Editor: 2011-2012; Fall 2012 Leisure Editor: 2010-2011