The Wolfman (2010) Movie Review

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The Wolfman (2010)

2010 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy
103 minutes / 1h 43min

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The Wolfman Plot Synopsis:

Lawrence Talbot's childhood ended the night his mother died. His father sent him from the sleepy Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor to an insane asylum, then he goes to America. When his brother's fiancée, Gwen Conliffe, tracks him down to help find her missing love, Talbot returns to his father's estate to learn that his brother's mauled body has been found. Reunited with his estranged father, Lawrence sets out to find his brother's killer... and discovers a horrifying destiny for himself. Someone or something with brute strength and insatiable blood lust has been killing the villagers, and a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector named Aberline comes to investigate.

The Wolfman (2010) Review

The Wolfman (2010) is a 1h 43 min rated R American drama fantasy horror film that was a remake of The Wolfman (1941) and was shot in several locations in England, UK. The movie had an estimated budget of $150 million and grossed about $139 million worldwide. Director Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), October Sky (1999), The Rocketeer (1991), Jurassic Park III (2001)) executed the movie phenomenally which quenched all horror werewolf fans thirst. I applaud makeup effects artist Rick Baker for doing such a fantastic job with the creatures. The movie contains bloody/gory violence, graphic images, transformation scenes that can be too intense or frightening for younger audiences, excellent special effects and amazing sound.

Shakespearean stage actor Lawrence Talbot returns to his hometown England after he receives a letter from his brother’s fiance stating that his brother has been missing for several weeks. Lawrence (Benicio Del Toro - Snatch (2000), The Usual Suspects (1995), Traffic (2000)) learned that his brother was brutally mauled upon his return to England. He also learned that he had gotten worse and nothing is the same as before as there is a beast roaming around killing people. Lawrence wants revenge and decides to investigate his brother’s death which resulted in him being bitten by the creature but the strange thing is how quickly the deep wound healed. He gained the thirst for blood and uncontrollably transforms every full moon. An investigator from Scotland Yard arrives and shortly after began suspecting Lawrence and other werewolves and how they are connected to the Talbot family history.

Benicio Del Toro did an excellent job with his character and the other actors did not fall far behind Del Toro’s performance. I was appalled at the fact that we did not get to see the werewolf until about an hour into the film but when I finally saw the werewolf - I was extremely pleased and understood why the director waited to show us the creature. The suspense and dramatic tension were well worth it as Shelley Johnson gives us her darkly Gothic cinematography with the brutal werewolf attacks including several dismemberments, disembowelment, and gore.

The CGI was grotesquely wonderful and gut-churning at the same time but I could not take my eyes off the screen. The Wolfman was an excellent film with a weak storyline which led to minor problems but I would overall recommend this film to all werewolf horror fans.

  • The Wolfman Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 5.75
  • IMDB: 5.8
  • MetaCritic: 4.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 3.5

About The Wolfman 2010

Title: The Wolfman
Year: 2010
Runtime: 103 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.87/5 stars from 96,117 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 96,117
MPAA Rating: R
The Wolfman Cast Starring: Hugo Weaving, Max von Sydow, Anthony Hopkins, Christian Wolf-La'Moy, Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, David Schofield, Julie Eagleton, Clive Russell, Sam Hazeldine, Geraldine Chaplin, Rick Baker, Asa Butterfield, John Owens, Shaun Smith, Emil Hostina, C.C. Smiff, Robert Roman Ratajczak, Jessica Manley, Antony Sher, Nicholas Day, David Sterne, Salo Gardner, Roger Frost, Rob Dixon, Richard James, Andy Gathergood, Rich Goble, Michael Mansbridge, Stephen Gregory
The Wolfman Writers: Andrew Kevin Walker, David Self, Curt Siodmak
The Wolfman Director: Joe Johnston
Box Office: $61,937,495
Production: Universal Pictures
Language: English, Romany, Romanian, Ukrainian
Country: USA