1. Guest,
    If you need help getting to know Xenforo, please see our guide here. If you have feedback or questions, please post those here.
    Dismiss Notice

*** Official THE WOLF MAN Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Robert Crawford, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. Robert Crawford

    Robert Crawford Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 1998
    Messages:
    28,159
    Likes Received:
    3,867
    Location:
    Michigan
    Real Name:
    Robert
    This thread is now designated the Official Discussion Thread for "The Wolf Man". Please, post all comments, links to outside reviews, film and box office discussion items to this thread.

    All HTF member film reviews of "The Wolf Man" should be posted to the
    Official Review Thread.

    Thank you for your consideration in this matter.


    Crawdaddy
     
  2. Henry Gale

    Henry Gale Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 1999
    Messages:
    4,633
    Likes Received:
    1
    I enjoyed this quite a bit. It is certainly relevant that I grew up with the 30s 40s 50s horror films, not Matrix.
    Loved the locations and the set design and costumes. Those are a real biggie for me. Hugo Weaving sitting down in a pub and ordering, "A pint of bitter" is just icing on the cake.
    Came closest to cracking up when they got to the final confrontation and (remember now, this IS the discussion thread) as I was wondering how we were going to tell the boys apart, "Hopkins" (you KNOW he wasn't even on set) character ripped his shirt off.
    Yes, shirts and skins, that's how we'll tell.
    I was sure Blackmoor was a matte, I was wrong, it's Chatsworth House.
     
  3. Robert Crawford

    Robert Crawford Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 1998
    Messages:
    28,159
    Likes Received:
    3,867
    Location:
    Michigan
    Real Name:
    Robert
    The film has its moments, but overall I'll give it a "C" grade. I didn't like the casting of the lead character. Furthermore, as someone else mentioned in the review thread there was no chemistry between Del Toro and Blunt.




    Crawdaddy
     
  4. Andy Sheets

    Andy Sheets Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2000
    Messages:
    2,371
    Likes Received:
    1
    I thought it was great fun. Liked the actors, the dialogue, how it was shot, the make up and effects...it does have flaws primarily in the plotting but nothing that crippled the experience for me. I kind of think of it as the horror movie answer to last year's Star Trek, which was similarly entertaining despite having some pretty sore spots. This film probably sets a new standard for werewolf rampaging :)

    Coming out of the theater, my wife and I agreed that the love story doesn't really work, but then again I watched the original film again last night and realized that that film also has a wafer thin love story. Doesn't really excuse the remake but...
     
  5. Robert Crawford

    Robert Crawford Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 1998
    Messages:
    28,159
    Likes Received:
    3,867
    Location:
    Michigan
    Real Name:
    Robert
    IMO, Star Trek was a much superior film than The Wolfman.




    Crawdaddy
     
  6. Joe Karlosi

    Joe Karlosi Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2003
    Messages:
    6,001
    Likes Received:
    16
    I liked it a lot, though the more I think back on it, there was more evidence that there had been some tinkering and some information has gone missing. Still ... for a straight, no-laughs and non-silly monster movie, it delivered the goods more than I ever could have hoped for. The Victorian setting is nice, the werewolf looks great and is savagely frightening, and I thought the entire cast was well chosen and top notch. The last idea for the ending was annoying and not necessary

    I must agree with Andy Sheets regarding the "wafer thin love story" even in the original 1941 film. Lord knows that I'm a huge lover and defender of the old Universal 30s and 40s horror classics, but THE WOLF MAN (1941) was always flawed as well to some extent, with plot holes as well. And no way is it any more believable that Evelyn Ankers would or could fall for Lon Chaney so quickly or easily, given the few scenes they share together (where Ankers is already engaged to Patric Knowles). I still very much like the 1941 film, and I just think both versions (while imperfect) are just as good in their own separate ways; just different. And if they're going to do remakes, at least they ought to be somewhat different. If I was asked to pick which of the two I prefer, it would still be the '41, but I think the 2010 WOLFMAN is the best of all the "modernized werewolf movies" of the past 30 years.

    I didn't think much of the recent STAR TREK film.
     
  7. Robert Crawford

    Robert Crawford Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 1998
    Messages:
    28,159
    Likes Received:
    3,867
    Location:
    Michigan
    Real Name:
    Robert
    I find it funny how we can suspend our beliefs about a Wolf Man, but expect a love story to be fully detailed in the same 70 minute film.






    Crawdaddy
     
  8. Joe Karlosi

    Joe Karlosi Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2003
    Messages:
    6,001
    Likes Received:
    16
     
  9. Robert Crawford

    Robert Crawford Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 1998
    Messages:
    28,159
    Likes Received:
    3,867
    Location:
    Michigan
    Real Name:
    Robert
    Joe,

    I was joking, but you seem to have a chip on your shoulder. Why? By the way, the weak love story doesn't bother me as much as the lack of screen chemistry between the two lovers.
     
  10. TravisR

    TravisR Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2004
    Messages:
    24,952
    Likes Received:
    2,771
    Location:
    The basement of the FBI building
    I caught it this afternoon and thought it was better than what some of the people in the review thread made it sound like but it's nothing great. At 95 or so minutes, it really moved (maybe even too fast) and the makeup effects were good. I'm not one to complain about CG but the CG and makeup didn't blend at all. Overall, I'd say it's worth watching on video or cable but that's about it.
     
  11. Joe Karlosi

    Joe Karlosi Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2003
    Messages:
    6,001
    Likes Received:
    16
    Robert - no "chip" here. I liked the new movie.
     
  12. Zack Gibbs

    Zack Gibbs Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2005
    Messages:
    1,687
    Likes Received:
    2
    I enjoyed it: it had some great visuals, I loved the werewolves, and the gore was done in a very fun way. That doesn't make it a good film, which it really isn't. It moves much to fast in the beginning and in the transition to London. The characters are barely there and there's little suspense.

    The one thing that really bothers me is how everyone seemingly ignores the first werewolf. They all understand it attacked Del Toro and that he now bears the mark of the beast, yada yada. And once that happens they forget about it entirely. And presumably it was Hopkins who attacked Del Toro though I don't think they actually established that. In fact they went to lengths to explain how Hopkins escaped to kill Del Toro's brother, but did nothing to explain his release when Del Toro was attacked.
     
  13. Al_S

    Al_S Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2000
    Messages:
    454
    Likes Received:
    0
    After watching movies like Avatar I thought this was a real throwback to the 50s type of movie with the same type of makeup. I liked it but it didn't really strike me as a great movie. This movie should have gone straight to DVD.
     
  14. Chuck Mayer

    Chuck Mayer Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2001
    Messages:
    8,179
    Likes Received:
    373
    Location:
    Northern Virginia
    Real Name:
    Chuck Mayer
    There were several things I enjoyed about it, and several things I didn't. Loved the Werewolf designs, the London sequence (and yes, I noted the AWIL homage as well), and the beautiful settings. It didn't connect much with me at the level I believe it wanted to, but I enjoyed the carnage and the visuals.

    And I disagree that Blunt's character was pointless. The role was thankless, but I thought Blunt did a great job with effectively nothing. Agreed about Benicio. I'm not sure whether to drop the load on him or the script.

    It needed a better story, but it could have been a lot worse.

    Take that as you will.
     

Share This Page