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The Wolfman (2010)

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Director Joe Johnston and special effects artist Rick Baker transform Del Toro into the title character. Director Joe Johnston and special effects artist Rick Baker transform Del Toro into the title character.

Film remakes are a tricky thing. On one hand you have to stay true to what the fans of the first film know and love. On the other hand you have to try and add something original to the script, so the film won't be a complete bore.

With this in mind it's easy to understand why The Wolfman made some the creative choices that it did ... however poorly executed those choices may have been.

Least we forget the original 1941 version, also put out by Universal Studios, was in fact a major studio production.  One of the most memorable things about the original, was its breath taking scenery and backdrops.  The remake followed the design elements of the original flawlessly.  It was nice to see an updated version of the environment but unfortunately the aesthetics of the movie are the only enjoyable thing about it.

The Wolfman suffered from a switch in directors early on.  Originally Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, NIN videos) was set to direct it.  After budget disputes with the producers, Romanek walked away from the project and Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III, Jumanji) was then brought in to direct the film.  Johnston's hallmark as a director is over use of CGI and this movie was no exception. Instead of using in camera effects for the gore and transformation scenes (which would have had a more realistic effect), CGI was added to an almost cartoonish level.  The wolfman himself did resemble the original and looked great in the closeups where real makeup was being used.

The story is mostly the same with one important twist (which I won't ruin for you here) that wasn't carried out well.  In fact once the arc in the plot is revealed, the movie takes a rapid nose dive to the point of no return.  The movie also suffers from fast edit cuts, which sometimes makes it hard to follow the story.

I feel there was a good movie in there at some point.  The film did have traces of Burton's Sleepy Hollow and Coppola's Dracula woven throughout.  Fans of these films might enjoy The Wolfman because of its similar look and texture.  Die hard werewolf movie fans might want to skip it and wait for the rental.






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Erika was raised and currently lives in the corporate wiles of Western Canada. She has studied Literature at the University of Calgary, specializing in Cyborg theory. Her great loves in life include red champagne, super spicy condiments, and the mad scientist who lives down the hill from her.



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