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At the Movies – The Wolfman

The Wolfman

Rated: MA

Running Time: 102 mins

Directed by: Joe Johnson

Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving

Release Date: 11th February, 2010

Vampires have been dominating popular culture lately with films like “Twilight”, “Daybreakers” and TV shows such as “True Blood”. But now they might finally be dead and buried, with another sexy movie monster bearing it’s teeth and ready to take over.

Set in 1891, “The Wolfman” stars Benicio Del Toro as Lawrence Talbot, who returns home to his estranged father Sir John (Anthony Hopkins) after receiving a letter from his brother’s fiancée Gwen (Emily Blunt), notifying him of his brother’s disappearance. He discovers a strange and savage beast is terrifying his hometown of Blackmoor, with Scotland Yard Inspector Aberline (Hugo Weaving) brought in to solve the case. But the beast might be a little closer to home than Lawrence realizes.

Director Joe Johnson is a special effects whiz, working alongside George Lucas for many years on the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” franchises, and you can really see his expertise at work here. The human to werewolf transformation is the best we’ve seen yet, and every frame is beautifully shot with a dark, gothic feel.

There are some genuinely scary jumpy moments, and boy is it gory! Blood, guts and limbs fly across the screen – its not so much a bodice-ripping period piece, as it is a guts-ripping one!

Left in less capable actors hands, the script might have come across as a little bit silly. But Benicio Del Toro does a great job making us feel sympathy for the man struggling with his inner demon; Emily Blunt is sweet and vulnerable; and Sir Anthony Hopkins is, as usual, simply amazing, making his dialogue appear as if he’s thinking it up on the spot.

Reviewed by Alicia Malone

Reviewed by Alicia Malone

This is modern gothic horror at it’s best, a classic entertaining film, all about controlling the inner beast which lives inside us all.

4 out of 5.

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Reviewed by Alicia Malone

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