When you have to make a movie about a subject so widely recognized, it’s very difficult to please everyone. Same goes for any other popular monsters and we can make see that with Dracula. I think that Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula (1992) is the best Dracula movie to this date. Sure, we all know that these movies are rebooted every 25 years to satisfy the newer generations and we all think that “our” version will be something that will not be forgotten, but that is just untrue. The world will change in ways you cannot imagine and I lost track again, let’s get back to the movie. The Wolfman is a standard issue blockbuster and the prime examples of how a movie of such magnitude should be done. Before we get to the “first of all”, we must mention the dark atmosphere that permeates everything in and around this movie. This was that extra feature that could either make or break a movie. This time it made it.
First of all, the cast was great, as soon as I saw Anthony Hopkins on the list, I knew that is going to be good, and Benicio Del Toro was a great choice too. Secondly, the cinematography and the sets are just perfect, you can take almost any scene from the movie and turn it into a desktop background. Thirdly, the effects were amazing, especially the transformation into the Wolfman. And at the end, the story is the weakest link, but what can you do with it? If you stray too much from the original story this will not be the Wolfman, and I believe that they successfully avoided romance and too big to fail traps. You all know the story so kick back and enjoy in this great movie.
Director: Joe Johnston
Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, David Sterne, Emily Blunt, Cristina Contes
Fun Stuff: Many actors, including Gene Simmons and David Lee Roth, were called in to do the Wolfman’s howls.