Mar 1, 2010
THE WOLFMAN (2010)
It’s about time to bring werewolf back to the screen again. With today's advanced technology, “The Wolfman” is a good vessel to explore how far Special Effects and makeup would go. The movie itself has appropriately taken care by former Special Effects expert, Joe Johnston. Johnston was involved in the first trilogy of “Star Wars” (1977-1983) as Special Effects Art Director. His previous famous movies as a Director are “Jumanji” (1995) and “Jurassic Park III” (2001). The movie is starred by Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving. Although Del Toro acts well in thiz movie, I personally think it’s very lamentable to use Del Toro for thiz kind of movie. As we knew before, Del Toro was a very good Actor in serious dramas. The most anticipated part in thiz movie is definitely "The Transformation Scene" when Del Toro becomes a werewolf. Rick Baker’s makeup already supports the scene very well. The storyline is standard. The twist ending is not too surprising. Maybe we could blame Johnston for thiz, because he is too much focus on technical aspects and ignores the drama factors. If we see thoroughly there are a lot of nuances are similar to Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow” (1999). Despite of “Sleepy Hollow” happened to be more attractive in some ways. The werewolf's figure has already been a great horror icon since Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video. So thiz is definitely the time for another moon to rise.
Stars : 6/10
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