Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Wolfman (Unrated Cut)

The Wolfman (The Unrated Cut) 2010
Director: Joe Johnston
Writers: Andrew Kevin Walker and David Self
Starring Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving, Michael Cronin, David Sterne and Jessica Manley
I am a big werewolf fan and I was really looking forward to this new take on a seminal horror classic. This one did not disappoint, I liked how it stayed true to its Victorian era and did not try to update it. With a film like this you expect them to tone it down too and they did not do that. This is quite a bloody affair and it suits the tone of the tale, This is by far the best werewolf film I have seen since Dog Soldiers. The film is shot beautifully and I truly loved the transformation sequences that combined practical effects with CGI seamlessly. Another great thing about the film was that it had genuine actors in the film and they all brought their A game to the material. I never saw the theatrical cut and I have heard it had problems but in the unrated cut I saw I did not see any problems with the film. In fact, what I saw was a flawlessly tracing horror film that really does hearken back to the classic days of Universal horror films. This is a film that takes its time to develop the story and you do not actually see the first transformation to well almost an hour into the film and this time it takes is a nice change from most modern horror films. This is what makes this film such a pleasure to watch it really takes its time and lets you enjoy the characters before the horror begins to envelop them, so you actually sympathize with them.
The plot basics are this, it is 1891 and Lawrence Talbot (Del Toro) is a famed actor in America when his brother’s fiancĂ©e Gwen (Blunt) comes to seek his help as his brother has vanished. So, he returns to his ancestral home in England to find his brother has been killed by some kind of wild beast. Lawrence is reunited with his estranged father and hunts down the beast who attacked his brother and is himself attacked. He soon discovers that he has been attacked by a werewolf and when the full moon comes he will also transform and attack people with a bloodthirsty ferocity. He will soon find the dark secret his father is hiding and Lawrence will have to fight his dark urges and try to put a stop once and for all the monstrosity that is laying siege upon his homeland.
This is a dark and gritty and atmospheric horror film. Johnston’s direction of the piece is very intense and really suits the tone of the film. The visuals of the film are amazing and suits the film well. The chase scenes of the Wolfman are phenomenal and I love how he bounded from building to building while the Inspector chased him. The script is very masterfully done too. The viewer really delves into the characters of Lawrence and his father and you really sympathize with Lawrence and his dilemma and you also feel the budding relationship between him and Gwen. The cast is phenomenal. Del Toro really inhabits the role of Lawrence and I especially loved the scene where he was on display for all the doctors to witness. Hopkins plays oily evil as splendidly as he always does and is a delight to watch. Blunt is a great romantic interest and carries her role with weight. Weaving as Inspector Aberdline is a great foil to the werewolf and is a delight to watch as well. The SFX and make up effects in the film are amazing. The transformation sequences by Rick Baker are amazing to watch and the Wolfman is terrifying to look upon. The score by Danny Elfman is very dark and gothic and suits the material well. His music during the chase sequences is very operatic and fitting. This is destined to be a classic werewolf film and stands impressively next to the original Wolfman film as a true epic horror film.
This one gets 5 out of 5

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