Werewolves have always fascinated me. They can be savage beasts or sympathetic victims who struggle to deal with their curse. However, the question here is can Benicio Del Toro be a good werewolf. The Wolfman is an interesting film that mixes Gothic style with reasonably nice acting and is not only fun to watch, but actually scary in a few places which is good.
The story follows that of a man (Del Toro) who is bitten by a werewolf and every full moon transforms into a savage creature of the night and after many twists and dark turns climaxes in a killer final showdown between him and his evil father played by Anthony Hopkins who is flat out cool. This kind of follows the werewolf formula which is protagonist is bitten, kills a bunch of people and is eventually killed by a loved one or commits suicide. Then again it is about a werewolf so what did you expect from this film?
Now the visuals are all awesome enough. I especially liked the werewolf transformations which were obviously CGI, but that doesn’t really matter on the whole. Now the blood effects are almost hilarious in how over the top they are yet there are a few moments where it sort of works such as when the main character sees his mother mauled by his werewolf father. Some mention should go to this Gollum – esque wolfboy who pops up a few times and is arguably the scariest thing in the whole film largely due to his creepy appearance.
The acting was as said before reasonably nice. Benicio Del Toro is good enough in the role of Lawrence Talbot aka The Wolfman and is far from a bad actor. The character Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt) isn’t the best of all the characters and is over shadowed by the rest of the cast. Anthony Hopkins was great I think as Sir John Talbot and made an excellent villain which is unsurprising since he was Hannibal Lector. Now I have to say Hugo Weaving was very good in his scenes as Inspector Francis Aberline and though not exactly perfect was a great casting choice.
Far from the greatest of horror films The Wolfman is a surprisingly good piece of entertainment probably best watched alone. It’s Gothic visual style is a little cheesy at times, but it isn’t one of the worst films to come out of the genre and is both occasionally scary and nicely acted at the same time.