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Is this a wolf in need of a doggy treat or does it need to be put to sleep?
The Wolfman is a remake, but not like the recent Friday the 13th or upcoming Nightmare on Elm Street unnecessary remake. The Wolfman needed a remake, the original came out back in 1941, that's nearly 70 years ago. This iconic horror icon was in dire need of updating, sadly I don't feel as if this film does it justice.
The story is the foundation of the problems, it's about a man who's brother is brutally slaughtered by a something, so he comes out to find out what happens, but it finds him before he can find it. It's simple, and easy to follow yes, but within the first 5 mins I worked out who the baddy is and within the first 20 mins I knew how it was going to end. It doesn't help the fact that the villain is almost winking and nudging you throughout the film. When you watch it, tell me if you work out who the villain is and how fast you work it out.
The characters in the story aren't as interesting either, they very monotonic and one dimensional you don't really feel for them at any point though out the film. I can't decide whether it's how they are acted out, of how they are written. What ever it is, the only stand out performance was Hugo Weaving, and he did the same as he does most movies.
I don't know why, maybe because the film was a remake of a really old horror film, but it feels the need to have every single horror cliche fly out you at every direction, the creepy house, the creepy woods, the spooky mirror, etc, etc. And also it goes on to repeat the same scary directly one after another, no reason just to make sure that you didn't miss it the first time.
Now then, your probably thinking that the film will be a serious attempt at the horror genre, but when the Wolfman appearance, shit gets stoopid, and crazy. The gore is goofy, almost comical. As you see helpless villagers get mowed apart by the Wolfman, this is very contradicting the feeling the movie tries to convey with it story. But these bits are also the only reason why it's worth watching.
When the Wolfman emerges, you forget the story, you get some fun scares and and some great gore effects. It's a lot of fun.
The Wolfman is a weak film, it a big surprise they got such great names into the movie, I've made it almost clear that I'm going to give it a rental, but, I'm not. Because if this was release last year, it would almost be certainly getting an Oscar nomination for sound editing and mixing, as the audio in this film is fantastic, so it only just worthwhile watching at the theatre, because if you watched it at home it would not have the same effect it has at a theatre. So I give it a LOW...