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The Wolfman Review

Written by: By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee
Published: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 11:39 [IST]

First things first, remakes of classics are difficult to make and The Wolfman is a remake of the 1941 classic horror film of the same name. Directed by Joe Johnston, the film stars Oscar winners Benicio del Toro and Anthony Hopkins. It also has Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving and Geraldine Chaplin. Joe who had helmed the blockbuster Jurassic Park III tries to revive the classic monsters at a time when vampire stories are making quite a comeback and are popular with a younger generation of fans.

Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro) a haunted nobleman who has a very childhood and it almost ended the night his mother died. After he left the sleepy Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor, he spent decades recovering and trying to forget. He is lured back to his family estate in Great Britain after his brother vanishes and dies mysteriously. He reunites with his father Sir John Talbot (Anthony Hopkins) who tells him that his brother 's body was already found in a ditch. Lawrence inquires about the body and goes to see it. Ben's remains are thoroughly mangled and torn apart.

Lawrence agrees to investigate his brother's disappearance at the request of his fiancee, Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt) who tracks him down and brings him back home. He starts his inquiry at a travelling gypsy caravan, and while he's there, a marauding beast attacks. Lawrence is bitten, and though he survives, he discovers that he has incurred a grim fate. He learns that something with brute strength and insatiable bloodlust has been killing the villagers, and that a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector named Aberline (Hugo Weaving) has come to investigate.

While hunting the murderous beast who killed his bro, Lawrence is bitten but survives, thus contracting Wolfman disease himself. The plot unfolds and he pieces together the gory puzzle, he hears of an ancient curse that turns the afflicted into werewolves when the moon is full. Now, if he has any chance at ending the slaughter and protecting the woman he has grown to love, Talbot must destroy the vicious creature in the woods surrounding Blackmoor.

The Wolfman tries to be a legitimate remake of a classic monster movie. It however fails in its pursuit due to some horribly acting coming from Oscar winners Del Toro and Hopkins. Joe Johnston tries his best to control the movie but the movie seems good only in splits. The Woflman is spectacular in the occasionally gruesome special effects. It is all done in typical monster-movie but surely fails to live upto the hype created around it.

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