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( Feb. 24th, 2010 10:50 pm)
I don't have a lot to say about this movie. It was a decent movie. Nothing about it was inherently bad. The acting's great, the visuals are nice, and the story is decent. If you've seen the trailer, hell if you've seen/read any traditional werewolf story, you've basically seen the movie. There is a twist but it's not spectacular and you can guess it fairly quickly.

The problem was that the characters were underdeveloped. You understood what their character archetypes were but that's not enough. Bencio del Toro needs to be more than the suffering, stoic, main character, Anthony Hopkins needs to be more than the hard assed, distant and cold, aged adventure. People are deep wells of quirks and contradictions, of strange, tense, amazing, and dark interactions. Where is all that?

When the audience knows at the onset what the basic storyline is (man turns into werewolf, kills lots of people and suffers for it), you need put a lot of focus and attention into the other facets of storytelling. And a plot twist isn't going to cut it if you don't deepen our understanding of the characters involved. Avoiding weak reasons for bad behavior also helps.

So if you want to see Wolfman, by all means go. You're not going to storm out of the theater asking for your money back. But I think it's more of a DVD movie.


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