Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Wolfman (2010)

Even a man who is pure in heart
and says his prayers by night
may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms
and the autumn moon is bright.

When this movie started to roll, I wasn't feeling it. Neither were the old couple that left about half way through the movie. I think they thought Lon Chaney Jr was still alive. They were wrong. It's taken me a day to figure out why I was thrown off. That's not to say I thought this was a bad movie, but I definitely had a sense of something being off.

The editing. Only when a movie is edited poorly do you notice film editing. The first 15-20 minutes of the movie go by in almost dream like moments. A kill here. A scene there. Credits. What I am guessing is that either since the movie is set in the 19th Century they wanted 21st century quick cuts, OR they just wanted to get to the action.

It is a movie called the Wolfman after all. That's interesting about the old classic movie monsters, you love them, but they're not the heroes. Does the Wolfman only kill evil people? Nope. Does Dracula only drink the blood of the guilty? Heck no. But we still love them. Their the oldest anti-heroes. That's something the movies does correctly. You feel sorry for the cursed, but you can't wait for him to shred through the town folk.

I do feel the sacrificed too much of the story for the sake of the action. This movie is trying to have it both ways. They want to be a period piece and a classic horror film. They at least got the horror right. It's not overly gory, but it does accurately portray what a wolf-man would do to victims. The period story telling, while a great idea, was not realized in this movie. It's not terrible, but it does kind of feel like the "Let's put on a play" type of movie. Not as authentic as one would hope. But still, A for effort.

Did you enjoy it?

Would you see it in theaters again?

Would you rent it?

Would you buy it?
Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?


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