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03-31-2012 09:03 PM #1GCL O's
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Well, over the decade, "remakes" haven't exactly been the best category to make a movie in. We had a few great ones like "3:10 to Yuma" or even "Peter Jackson's King Kong". But sadly, many movies in the remake genre including "Friday the 13th", "Clash of the Titans" and "A Texas Chainsaw Massacre" have ended up lackluster to downright awful. That said, Joe Johnston's "The Wolfman" has got to be the best remake I've ever seen. It's certainly my favorite movie. I loved every minute of it. It had fantastic acting, great special affects, a surprising plot twist. It was down right amazing, and even better than I thought it would be. Truly the pinacle of film making.
There are a few things I want to say for anyone who hasen't seen this movie. First of all, don't expect something very scary, because it is hardly ever scary. There were a few creepy scenes, like the gypsy massacre and the nightmare scene, but this is really just a action film that thinks it's horror. Also, don't expect a story anything like the original Wolfman. They are very, very different, particulary the endings.
Now that I got that out of the way, I can get on to what I liked. This was some of the best acting I have ever seen this decade. Every single actor did a fantastic job, particulary Anthony Hopkins and Benicio Del Toro. Del Toro did an extremely powerful and realistic job as Lawrence Talbot, a man returning to his fathers estate in Blackmoor, England to visit his brother's funeral (SPOILER: He becomes the Wolfman)Lawrence is a sympathetic character with a very sad, dare I say heartbreaking, story, and we feel for him, and pity that even he cannot control the evil of the Wolfman at the full moon.
The story is really good too. "The Wolfman", tells the story of a world renown actor named Lawrence Talbot, who has returned to his home in Blackmoor, England to search for his missing brother. When he get;s there, he finds his brother has been brutally murdered. While meeting with a group of gypsies to investigate, he is bitten by a werewolf, the same one who murdered his brother. After being bitten, he must find a way to control the beast inside him, or accept his new fate and become pure evil.
Then of course, there was Anthony Hopkins. His role as Sir John Talbot was incredible. He manages to play him as a very mysterious character, who we don't really understand until the end. Is he Lawrence's freind, or his bitter enemy? You'll have to see the movie to find out.
Emily Blunt was also really good. She was very emotional in her part as Gwen, the fiancee of Lawrence's dead brother. She seemed like a kind, sympathetic character who had no idea what to do when Lawrence was stricken with the curse.
Of course, what's a monster movie without great special affects? And great these special affects were. The makeup was really realistic and down right fantastic. The choreography of the final fight scene was incredible, a synchrinized dance if you will.
Another thing I particulary like was the plot twist. When Lawrence is taken back to the asylum, there's a great plot twist that will make fans of M Night Shyamalan squeal with joy. I won;t give it away though.
I am a huge Joe Johnston fan, but after Jurassic Park 3, I thought I could never start liking him again. Well, The Wolfman, got me right back on the Joe Johnston fan train. I don't understand the massive amount of hate for it, and it frustrates me. In a sentence, this movie is a classic.
04-01-2012 09:53 AM #2
Wow that's a lot of words and praise for a movie I thought was pretty bad. I thought it was cheesy, looked cheap, and the acting? It wasn't terrible but best of the decade is pretty insane.
Just another pointless remake that didn't bring anything new to the table IMO.
04-01-2012 06:41 PM #3
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04-01-2012 07:36 PM #4
I call a shill. First post is about a mediocre movie that was out 4 years ago?
That said, I thought Captain America, another Johnston movie, was great.
04-01-2012 11:21 PM #5