Sigh, another remake of a golden oldie classic. But wait, this one is actually pretty good!
First, let’s start with the obligatory plot line. As you can imagine, it’s nothing brain wracking:
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. (from IMDb.com)
The movie begins with Lawrence Talbot being asked to return home to help find his missing brother. The brother is then found dead, mutilated by ‘a beast’, but some theorise that it’s a killer hiding his tracks. Lawrence eventually has a run in with this ‘beast’ and is bitten in the fracas. Then begins his werewolf curse. Now, while the plot isn’t full of twists and turns, it does have some nice parts which I didn’t expect. And it’s there I’ll stop with the plot line stuff, as I really don’t want to give anything away.
Anthony Hopkins plays Lawrence Talbot’s father and is excellent in his acting here, I’d easily put it up there with his Hannibal Lecter. The other actors are good, but in The Wolfman none can hold a candle to Hopkins.
Special effects, done by Rick Baker (American Werewolf in London), are what you’d expect, top notch. Initially we don’t see much of the transformation sequence, but later on in the movie we’re treated to a full on transformation in an asylum (part of which is shown in the trailer below) which is awesome. There’s plenty of blood in this too, it seems that Hollywood is finally realising that having some good gore in a film will actually help it. There’s an impaling, a couple of limb chops, plenty of slicing and the obligatory decap or two.
There’s plenty of action although possibly a bit too much of the roof-hopping super-hero-type stuff in the middle, but that’s excusable. So, to sum up: this is actually a pretty good remake! There’s action, gore and werewolf transformations, ya can’t ask for more than that!
Trailer (in HD no less!):