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Movie Review - The Wolfman

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The Wolfman

If there’s one genre I’m almost always a fan of it is werewolf films but I’m never a fan of when they are ‘dumbed down’ and vampires are given the higher billing.  So hearing about a large budget remake of the classic ‘Wolfman’, I knew the humble werewolf would get their chance to shine in the current world of film and fiction novels where vampires reign supreme. Throw into the mix Benicio Del Toro as the lead character, Sir Anthony Hopkins and the speedily rising star Emily Blunt, and you have what could be the best werewolf film of all time.

“Lawrence Talbot, a haunted nobleman, is lured back to his family estate after his brother vanishes. Reunited with his estranged father, Talbot sets out to find his brother... and discovers a horrifying destiny for himself. Talbot's childhood ended the night his mother died. After he left the sleepy Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor, he spent decades recovering and trying to forget. But when his brother's fiancée, Gwen Conliffe, tracks him down to help find her missing love, Talbot returns home to join the search. He learns that something with brute strength and insatiable bloodlust has been killing the villagers, and that a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector named Aberline has come to investigate.”

Right off the bat this film sets itself up as an epic well crafted period piece.  It pulls it off well with only a few hiccups along the way including a bizarre montage midway through the film. With some strong performances, epic werewolf transformations and action set pieces, it stacks up as a solid film. But there is a ‘but’.  I really liked the film and that’s more because the genre is one of my favourites, but under the surface there were a few things that just didn’t gel with this film and I can see many audience members not liking it for those reasons.  However, I will keep those reasons to myself as this film does deserve an audience as it does do justice to the genre.

7.5 out of 10 from me.

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