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Sunday, 31 October 2010
The original 1941 version of The Wolf Man had Lon Chaney Jr in the title role and George Waggner in the director’s chair. The modern rewrite has Benicio Del Toro, probable best known for his award winning portrayal as Che Guevara in Steven Soderbergh’s two part biopic Che (2008), as the 2010 version of The Wolfman with Joe Johnston, responsible for 2004’s Hidalgo, now directing. Del Toro plays Lawrence Talbot a nobleman turned Shakespearean actor with a history of mental illness who returns to the ancestral estate after his brother goes missing following a requested by the missing mans fiancée Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt). Reunited with his estranged father (Anthony Hopkins) Talbot discovers their something nasty in the woods in the shape of a beast with an insatiable appetite for reducing the local population in a most unappealing manner. Scotland detective Inspector Francis Aberline is called in to put a stop to beast before he runs out of victims. Del Toro’s change from human to howling beast is convincing but the film purports to be nothing more than a run of the mill monster movie, sorry nothing special I’m afraid.