The Wolfman, directed by Joe Johnston and starring Benecio del Toro and Anthony Hopkins is a remake of the 1941 film of the same name. Though the 1941film was an iconic symbol in the film industry, the remake was nothing more than a long drug out desperate attempt to recreate some type of film nostalgia.
Remakes can work, don't get me wrong- but they usually they don't. It's seems that it's basically a few people sitting around and someone thinks of a film that hasn't been remade yet (or sometimes hasn't been remade in a while rather), so they say, "hey let's cash in on this."
In crimes against cinema, a bad remake always breaks my heart a little bit. It's like they are taking something good and trying to make it better. Not to say it hasn't been done- but for the ladder part it seems like the filmmakers usually miss the bandwagon. Attempting to restore a classic in the hopes that it can somehow be improved is a bold attempt, and usually a failed attempt at that. The Wolfman fits the category.
The Wolfman (2010) attempts to retell the story of the original Wolf Man (1941) starring Lon Chaney Jr. Although the 1941 version is in no means a cinematic milestone, it is unique in the sense that it spawned the werewolf genre of films for which we have so many movies now. 60 years later, this story has already been done so lets leave it at that.
The film takes place in 1891 where Lawrence Tablot (Del Toro) works as an actor in America. After the sudden and unexplained death of his brother he decides to return home to Blackmoor, England in hopes of solving his brothers mysterious death. Determined to solve the crime Lawrence finds himself in a gypsy camp and is attacked by a werewolf and I'm sure you can fill in the blanks from here.
Sounds entertaining enough ya? I thought so too, but in all honesty I was nodding off for at least the first 40 minutes of this film. Nothing happened. It was so slow on getting anywhere, then once it finally did get there it didn't last nearly long enough to keep my interest.
When you have a combination of Oscar winning actors for their portrayal of dark characters starring in a horror film, you would think that'd be good, right? Sadly however, their performances were mediocre at best. Their talents definitely didn't shine as bright as they could.
Acting aside, the special effects seemed cheesy too. The wolfman didn't look scary, in fact it looked way too CGIish. The few horror scenes there actually was were also kind of overdone. They were definitely violent in an attempt to express the wolfman's satanic side, but it was pretty overdone. Lots of blood, lots of gore, lots of intestines, yaddi yaddi yadda... They were striving on violence only: the Saw attempt at horror, as I like to call it.
Oh and let's not forget about the story. Weak. Very, very weak. No development, no twists (if you didn't see that coming your blind), and no entertainment.
I wish I had something nice to say about this one, but I really don't. Hey, the previews before were entertaining at least.