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Never Get Tired of That March 15, 2010

Posted by regan222 in Movie Madness.
I had an entry the other day and had to scrap it.  The content was just too angry.  It may be a while before I do another education article.  It is just too frustrating.  I am going to stick with movie reviews for a while.  I watched the new version of the Wolfman, based on the old Universal film starring Lon Chaney Jr.  The original wolfman was a great film, filled with atmosphere and tension.  The new version surprised me in that it was not offensive to the spirit and memory of the original.  The atmosphere was thick and cloying like fog on the moors.  The unsaturated color was the perfect homage to the black and white of the original.  Benicio del Toro, while not quite possessing the acting chops of Lon Chaney Jr, does a creditable job of portraying the anguished Lawrence Talbot.  The only drawback for me was the liberties that were taken with the character of Sir John Talbot.  I am not a huge fan of Anthony Hopkins.  Yes he did a great job in Silence of the Lambs but since then I have not seen anything he has done that did not look like Hanibal Lector.  He plays the same character over and over.  He did it in Dracula and he does it here.  In the original, Sir John was the stereotype English lord and a loving, if distant, father.  In this new version Anthony Hopkins plays an angry sloppy old man who does not really love his children (despite his protestations to the contrary).  He also turns out to be a werewolf and he and Lawrence meet in epic combat during the movie’s climax.  This is sooo cheesy and sooo predictable.  I wish they had stayed with the original plot instead of trying to appeal to the masses by providing a comic book battle to the death between super beasts.  Everything has to fit the formula these days.  By appealing to Joe Everyman, today’s movies appeal to no one.  They are just inoffensive at best.
The sets were great.  The costumes, perfect, but the research department could have paid a bit more attention to their history.  In one scene, the female lead walks into a shop and turns on an electric light switch.  Electricity was in the extreme experimental state in 1891 (the time this movie was supposed to have taken place) and it is most unlikely that an ordinary shop would have electric lights.  Electric lights were not widely available until after 1908.  I suspect I am nitpicking but who cares??
Hugo Weaving did an excellent job as the dedicated and dilligent Scottland Yard Inspector.  I liked him in The Matrix and everything else I have seen him in.  The only complaint I have with him is that I DID like him in the Matrix and I kept expecting him to call Benicio del Toro Mr. Anderson.
All in all I felt that the producers did a good job of making a movie that was faithful to the old without offending or insulting it.  It was entertaining and kept the attention.  With today’s movies that is all you can ask.


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