Friday, 12 February 2010

The Wolfman - Review by @maverick99sback

"Even a man who is pure of heart and says his prayers at night may become a wolf when the wolfsbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright...",

I really loved "Bram Stokers Dracula". You should know that, because sometimes I think I'm the only person in the world that does. Also, because this remake of "The Wolfman" has almost exactly the same Pros and Cons.
Pros? Anthony Hopkins, off his head. I don't really like him. Brian Cox will always be Lektar (sic) to me. But every once in a while, (For me, the last time being MI:2, or maybe Legends of the Fall), I see what all the fuss is about. By the end, people loving the film will probably be laughing about how ballistic it all gets. Everyone else will be leaving early, or covering their eyes.

 Its violent. Probably as violent a 15 as I've ever scene. But it mostly works. In all the madness, (and the attack on a Gypsy village is MAD), there is genius. Some things don't stick. I didn't like the gore when it was trying to get some ticket sales out of gorenography fans of films like "Saw" and Rob Zombie movies. Wolfman didn't need to punch people through their jaw, so he could stick his fingers out their mouth. That cheapened it a bit. I kept thinking of all the Blurays, (*sighs, and dvds*) I've bought of "unrated with more gore!" films I've bought. On Blu, this needs the opposite.*

I feel a bit sorry for Benicio. He's a slightly less good looking version of Brad Pitt. But with Suspects, Way of the Gun (most underrated film of all time. fact), 21 Grams, Traffic and Che, people have forgotton how good he actually is. If I thought about it more, he'd probably be in my top five actors working right now. He's class here, too. Plays it straight, so the scenes with him and Emily Blunt resonate. Those quieter scenes reminded me of PJs King Kong, by the way. If you didn't "get" that, again, I probably wouldn't bother here.

Theres one passage of time shown by the full moon, rising. I thought it worked brilliantly. Gothic imagery at its best. Its all interspersed with some David Lynch style nightmares, and some of the best cinematography since Antichrist. There's no major twists, but if you want werewolf twists, go and watch "Teen Wolf" or "Ginger Snaps". Again, this wont be for you. This is about making a homage. An ode. Flipping double decker buses, and tipping the hat to "An American Werewolf In London". 

It has my favourite score in ages, too. Odd, as there were major issues with composing the film. Danny Elfman was on, then booted when they tried to change the tone of the film, then re-instated. Good call. Its his best score since "Batman Returns". The film in general "had issues". It was green lit before "Avatar", which had its own problems, and that is probably why I'm so pleased with it. It shouldn't be as good as it is.  I would have toned the cheap gore down a bit, got Emily Blunt naked, and pissed MC off by calling it "Joe Johnstons Wolfman". Other than that, love it. (Especially Hugo Weavings Scottish accent. brilliant.)

*Runs off on all fours, with a camera mounted on shoulder so it looks like I'm running like a Wolf, and that*

"Look in to my eyes... Cant you see? I'm dead."


*To contradict myself though, when Wolfman punches someones head off, and it came flying at the screen I may have punched the air, a little. (Damn, this would have been good in 3-D!) I know its not true 3-D Gray. Three plains, blah blah blah, etc etc