The Wolfman Movie Review

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<a href="http://www.avforums.com/movies/The-Wolfman-Review-UK-Cinema-Reviewed-Feb-2010.html" target="_self"><img src="http://www.avforums.com/movies/images/makeimage.php?image=/home/sites/avforums/public_html/movies/images/media/10022/front.jpg&width=140" align="right" border="0"></a>Reviewed by Chris McEneany, 11th February 2010
After so long being tinkered and tampered with, I believe we had every right to expect something better than this. As it stands, though, Joe Johnston’s lively lycanthropic epic is ripe old entertainment. A Victorian monster-romp that won’t shock, terrify or astound you but, crucially, won’t bore you either. Wolf Man disciples will both admire the nods to the original and shudder at the digressions that have been made. But, hey, even if this is not the Wolfman film that I wanted, and not what we should have received, it remains highly entertaining, full of exciting set-piece mayhem and a great nostalgic slice of pure creature-feature hokum. The leading man and lady are unforgivably poor, and the twists that have been shoehorned-in are surprisingly lame and neon-signposted right from the get-go, but this is a visually impressive cinematic feast that certainly tries hard to coax out the beast ... and only partially succeeds.

Big dumb fun with the big bad wolf, then. But the classics of the genre remain un-scratched by this new howler on the block.

A strong and entertaining 6 out of 10 and a sure-fire contender for an Unrated Director's Cut on Blu-ray!</p>
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Chris - saw this on opening night myself and enjoyed it - though I gave it one more point than you scoring it an above average 7...:D

I think that the fact that it made it to the screen at all deserves applause afetr the well publicised troubled shoot...Tony Hopkins was surprisingly the show stealer here with the part he had to play comparing it to the original...maybe it was re-written for him once Johnson was onboard.
This is crying out for a directors chat track on the Blu-ray - only which one will they use...?:D
 

Simon Crust

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It's the review of the latest cinema release, why it's titled Movie Review
 

Chris McEneany

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Chris - saw this on opening night myself and enjoyed it - though I gave it one more point than you scoring it an above average 7...:D

I think that the fact that it made it to the screen at all deserves applause afetr the well publicised troubled shoot...Tony Hopkins was surprisingly the show stealer here with the part he had to play comparing it to the original...maybe it was re-written for him once Johnson was onboard.
This is crying out for a directors chat track on the Blu-ray - only which one will they use...?:D


I have every belief that it will gain another point or two when I get to see the full version, dude! This theatrical cut is broken and uneven - though still great fun.

Aye, scene-stealing is the name of the game here. Hopkins and Weaving (that new comedy duo) are terrific. There are those who insist that Hoppo phones his performance in, but I think he is just having some wicked fun with a script and a part that he has seen get chopped and changed much too often.

"Why didn't you just kill yourself?"

"The thought did cross my mind ... but life's too glorious!!!!"

Coupled with that devilish grin ... this exchange is priceless.

I've read an earlier draft of the script, and the novelisation that is based upon that original script - and there is much more to this story.

I definitely believe that we will have an extended cut on Blu-ray! ;)

Werewolves rule!

Oh, and I'm seeing it again this afternoon.

Cheers,

Chris McEneany :devil:
 

LicensedTaximan

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Given the looong production history of this film plus its' online trailers I was hoping that the reviews were going to be more positive. I was really root'n for this motion picture, but it seems that most of the reviews have come up around the average mark. :(
Certain other comments have also been made regarding the werewolf scenes where upon the creature moves too fast, and to have those scenes shown at a slower pace, as in An American Werewolf In London, would (apparently) have been far more effective. Of course that may have something to do with the cgi process as opposed to prosthetics and puppets. It would appear that Universal have missed the mark a bit on this long overdue remake of their 1940's classic. Let's hope when it does hit BD there is a better and more even cut of the film. All the same thanks for the review Chris.
 
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