‘What are you afraid of?’
Joe Johnston directs this so-so remake of the 1941 film of the same name. It is about a man called Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro) whos brother-and later he was mauled by a mysterious werewolf, and must protect his brother’s fiancée Gwen (Emily Blunt). It also stars Hugo Weaving as Inspector Abberline and Anthony Hopkins.
In terms of the film, I liked the choice of cast and they all did a superb job. In particular, Anthony Hopkins and Hugo Weaving led the best performances out of the whole cast. Hugo Weaving’s character was based on a real person and he stole the scene whenever he was in it. The cinematography had a blend of blue and black colors which added to this grim and dark movie and the sets/scenery looked fantastic, especially the tired manor house. The costumes were well designed as well. Apart from that, I felt that the movie was a tiny bit too stringy, and I don’t know if it was due to anything else aside from the fact that if you took away the all star cast, jump scares and the stunning cinematography, the movie would be really hollow. Likewise, it is an interesting film but I can understand why some may not like it and some people might. The jump scares were very well edited into the generally dark and gory movie and were probably the cause into why the movie became scary very quickly.
I saw this on sale at HMV several years ago but I thought that it looked way too scary for me and I was still way too young to watch it. Asa Butterfield also stars in it for about a minute of it as the young Ben Talbot.
The director definitely knows how to scare his viewers with some very cleverly edited jump cuts that usually pan over to the wolfman, usually after he’s torn someone limb from limb. The movie could be interpreted in many different ways and considering that the main guy spent some time in a mental institute, the wolfman turns out to be his other side to him. I don’t think reminding myself that it was only Benicio del Toro after hours of makeup made it any less scarier. There’s one thing that I learnt after watching it: Werewolves are not cute and cuddly and they don’t even come close to resembling huge dogs.
Anyway, very interesting cinematography, brilliant cast, compelling time period-appropriate costumes but it was a bit scary/ gory for my tastes. After all, it is Halloween.